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Research on the Operational Experiences of Community-Based Dementia Care Centers
Community-Based Dementia Care Centers
community care for people with dementia
The purpose of this research is to understand how community-based dementia care centers operate, the challenges they face and their usage of resources. The researcher does so by examining the operational experience of Taipei City and New Taipei City’s community-based dementia care centers and uses the research findings to offer advice for serving clients with dementia. The researcher conducted depth interviews on managers from seven community-based dementia care centers in Taipei City and New Taipei City as well as two case officers from the Health Bureau. The research findings are as follows: The care centers use case management and non-pharmacological interventions to “maintain” dementia clients’ cognitive health and body functions, “encourage”clients to engage in socialization and “soothe” their emotions, which helps them regain self-confidence; By supporting family caregivers, the care centers lessen the caregivers’ burden, builds mutual support systems and increases their caretaking knowledge as well as raising the quality of their caretaking; These centers have become a transport hub for dementia care services as they offer consultation to community residents and use resources from the community to create dementia-friendly environments. Challenges the community-based dementia care centers have faced during their three years of operation include project regulations that limit their development and lack of manpower, but by making changes to the workflow, finding different resources and increasing promotion about their services, they are starting to show results. The researcher’s advice: 1.Integrate community resources and create a community volunteer management system to tackle the lack of manpower. 2.Improve the current case management system for dementia clients to truly implement case management for dementia clients. 3.Sort community-based dementia care centers into different types and implement flexible funding systems to better answer the needs of each center. 4.Continue to raise public awareness about dementia services and to reach different demographics through different types of promotions to expose family members of people with dementia to long-term care services. 5.Care centers with a medical focus should groom influential volunteers within the communities; Long-term care centers should increase their outreach activities; Welfare related centers should take a trans-disciplinary approach to offer classes that dementia clients need.
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