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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2017

Yun-Hee Jeon
Affiliation:
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Lindy Clemson
Affiliation:
Ageing, Health & Work Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sharon L. Naismith
Affiliation:
Healthy Brain Ageing Program, Faculty of Science, Charles Perkins Centre and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loren Mowszowski
Affiliation:
Healthy Brain Ageing Program, Faculty of Science, Charles Perkins Centre and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Niki McDonagh
Affiliation:
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Margaret Mackenzie
Affiliation:
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Caitlin Dawes
Affiliation:
Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Luisa Krein
Affiliation:
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sarah L. Szanton
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Corresponding

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.

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Copyright © International Psychogeriatric Association 2017 

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