Many of us acknowledge that we lack the skills and knowledge to care well for persons with dementia. It is by recognising that persons with dementia are “fully human and alive” that we learn to connect or re-connect with them. Forming meaningful and enduring relationships is the key to delivering quality care. Person-centred care will change the way you look at dementia and provide you with the motivation and know-how to improve the lives of persons with dementia.
Part 2: Implementing Care the Person-centred Way
Ms Virginia Moore is a Registered Occupational Therapist and has worked in Senior Management positions within Aged Care sectors of the Australian healthcare system for more than 30 years. As a past member of both the National and State Board of Alzheimer’s Australia, she has a clear understanding of the broader issues related to our ageing populations. Virginia’s commitment is to creating a positive profile of older people within the wider society and to enabling older people to live well in their later years.
Ms Carol Fusek currently is a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) and works with ADA in a paid and volunteer capacity, in particular, supporting Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) and Person Centred Care (PCC) training. Since 2002, Carol has pursued her community-focused interests and has been certified by the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, in the DCM method. In 2004, she earned an advanced mapping certification and evaluator status. In 2013, Carol earned her certification as a DCM trainer. Carol has a strong background in delivering executive coaching and consulting services to corporate and not for profit clients across the Asia-Pacific region where she has lived and worked since 1991. Prior to this, she was Associate Director, Customer Service & Logistics Asia, Procter & Gamble, where during her 26-year career she held various leadership roles. Carol is a native of California in the US and a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees. She is a Coach U Core Essentials Graduate, a certified NLP Master Practitioner and coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF); and certified in the application of the latest neuroscience to succeed in collaboration, decision making, and leading change.