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Reducing admissions of persons with dementia to emergency care: A person-centered approach

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21 September 2009

Abstract: Person centered care within the context of good community management has the potential to reduce inappropriate or crisis driven admissions to acute care settings. Evidence-based interventions for managing problematic behaviors associated with dementia are central to the delivery of such care, and will be discussed. To create better community management systems, it is critical to assist caregivers in obtaining education and training in person centered care. A discussion of how agencies such as Alzheimer's Australia can facilitate this process, along with examples of how such training could be implemented within community settings, will be presented.

Bio: Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., Director of Research and Product Development for Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care, Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and cognitive aging.

His current research involves the design of interventions to alleviate problem behaviours and increase the level of functioning for persons with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Dr. Camp lectures internationally on the topic for this program, including the latest clinical research and related application of the "I'm Still Here" approach to providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease, featuring Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® and the techniques of Spaced-Retrieval.

 

Cameron J. Camp, PhD,

Director of Research and Product Development for Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care, Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA