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November 2011, Volume 111, Issue 11;
This is the second video in a series of articles and accompanying videos, part of the Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings project funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation through the AARP Foundation. Nearly one-third of American households have been involved in providing assistance to an older adult family member, often without the skills they need because of a variety of barriers to learning. This video (which has an accompanying article in the November 2011 issue) explores these barriers and discusses how nurses can use “teachable moments” and “teach back” to promote learning among caregivers.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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