Dealing with Dementia: Ministering to the Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's and Related Diseases

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English 
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1996 
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More than 60 percent of the residents of the Adventist Nursing Home (ANH) in Livingston, New York suffer·from some form of dementia, often resulting in isolation and alienation. The ANH is currently delivering a high quality of clinical care to all its residents, but due to the limited availability of the staff's time and a lack of ongoing in-depth training in dealing. with the problem, the ANH bas been hard pressed to consistently meet the deepest psychosocial and spiritual needs of its residents with dementia. l. The purpose of this demonstration project was to develop a training program that would equip volunteer caregivers to both recognize and meet the special needs of these people with Alzheimer's Disease and other related illnesses. The project aimed for three goals, one building on the other: (1) To heighten the public awareness of the problem, focusing on people in the neighborhood, especially the local Adventist church, elementary school and retirement community. This would be done by lectures, workshops and seminars. (2) To train interested people in dementia-oriented visitation Skills. This would be done-through on-site workshops and seminars, with a special pastoral skills program for clergy and active laypeople. (3) To conduct a supervised on-site volunteer visitation program which would both minister to the needs of ANH's residents with dementia and would also provide the volunteer caregivers with a satisfying personal growth experience.  
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