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Improving the social health of community-dwelling older people living with dementia through a reablement program

TitleImproving the social health of community-dwelling older people living with dementia through a reablement program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsJeon, YH, Clemson, L, Naismith, SL, Mowszowski, L, McDonagh, N, Mackenzie, M, Dawes, C, Krein, L, Szanton, SL
JournalInt Psychogeriatr
Pagination1-6
Date PublishedAug 14
ISBN Number1041-6102
Accession Number28805186
Keywordscommunity care, Dementia, interdisciplinary teamwork, person-centered care, reablement, shared decision making, social health
Abstract

Psychological, neurological, and social impairments caused by dementia may limit the person's everyday living and experiences, but their capacity to enjoy a meaningful life is still retained. Increasingly, evidence has been shown the importance of reablement approaches to care in maximizing the older person's independence, health, and well-being through increased engagement in their daily, physical, social, and community activities. However, there is a major knowledge gap in providing reablement for people living with dementia. We describe one case of a client with moderate dementia and her daughter carer who participated as a dyad in a person centered, interdisciplinary, and reablement program called I-HARP (Interdisciplinary home-based reablement program). I-HARP is designed to improve functional capacity of those community dwelling, older people living with dementia, and other health conditions. In this paper, we discussed key contributions that such a reablement approach to care can make to optimizing the social health of people living with dementia.