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Patient-centred care: Changing the way we treat people with dementia

CBC Radio One

The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is calling on care homes to change their culture, and to adopt a philosophy known as person-centred care. It recognizes that dementia patients still have a right to a fulfilling and joyful life. There’s a good reason so many people know someone diagnosed with dementia, and often know them very well…750,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s, or some other form of dementia. And that number is expected to double in the next fifteen years. Most people with dementia — about 70 per cent — will die in long term care homes. Already, there are concerns about the quality of care in those facilities. But some care providers are getting it right. The Czorny Alzheimer Centre is a public facility run by Fraser Health. The Current visited the facility to meet with residents and their caregivers. To listen to this program go to the CBC’s web site: www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/dementia/2014/05/12/reducing-drugs-through-patient-based-care/

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