People with dementia, their families, physicians and care providers now have new resources to help them better understand and manage the disease and provide a better quality of life for British Columbians affected by dementia.
New guidelines for improved dementia care are now available online at www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/bpsd-guideline.pdf.
These guidelines are based on national, evidence-based, best practices and provide added support for physicians, nurses and care providers in decision-making for persons with dementia. From assessment, to problem solving and care planning, these guidelines promote the delivery of person-centred care for those with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
New information has also been added to the HealthLink BC website to help individuals with dementia and their families better understand and live with dementia, including information about the Alzheimer Society’s First Link program. By participating in First Link, those with dementia, their families and caregivers can receive customized information and access to helpful programs and services.
For more information about dementia, visit the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia at www.alzheimerbc.org.