Dementia CPG

Dementia, a disorder characterized by progressive decline in multiple areas of cognitive function, causes a range of cognitive, mood, behavioral, and functional impairments. Optimal management of dementia involves the entire interdisciplinary team, with practitioners playing an important leadership role. This guideline offers a systematic approach to the recognition, assessment, treatment, and monitoring of patients with dementia. Implementing this guideline should help post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) facilities:

  • Identify patients at risk for new or progressive dementia;
  • Manage dementia symptoms, consequences, and complications effectively and appropriately;
  • Identify the nature and causes of dementia in patients;
  • Identify and manage potential sources of excess disability;
  • Minimize preventable complications and functional decline;
  • Respond appropriately to the changing needs of patients with dementia;
  • Make appropriate environmental and staffing modifications to maximize patient dignity, comfort, and safety; and
  • Improve the understanding of staff, family members, and caregivers about dementia and respond appropriately to their concerns.

 

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