Feb 12, 2020
The loss of mental health capabilities is stressful for patients, their families and the people who care for them. As the population continues to age in the United States, and memory care units house and treat more patients with dementia and other mental health conditions, it has become more important than ever to find effective solutions for the major issues memory care patients face.
The challenges memory care patients and caregivers face vary, but they mostly stem from the breakdown of the patient’s memory, ability to reason and general awareness. Some of the major issues memory care patients face, according to studies, include:
Challenges for caregivers and healthcare providers include:
Effective Communication Helps Patients, Providers and Caregivers
The ideal scenario for everyone concerned in the care of the patient is to keep the patient focused on and independent concerning as many daily tasks as possible. When it comes to tasks the patient cannot perform alone, communication is the most important factor.
Effective and focused communication plans can bring comfort, clarity and consistency to a patient’s life, but verbal communication is often not enough, and a personal attendant is not always available within a facility to tend to every patient 100% of the time. This results in passive behavior that research has found to be prevalent in patients with alzheimer’s disease. It’s this passivity that results in anxiety, agitation and depression.
Healthcare whiteboards, when designed well and placed correctly within memory care facilities, can help treat patients and improve their quality of life. Whiteboards aid in verbal communication by providing visual aids that last long after a conversation has ended and a provider or caregiver has left the room.
Effective communication using whiteboards can help memory care patients by providing consistent and semi-permanent reminders, notes and messages right in their rooms. These notes and information, conveniently placed on the wall in a patient’s room can help with:
When combined with consistent care, visual information exchanged through whiteboard use can help patients adjust to life in a memory care facility and increase the quality of life they have going forward.