In the past I had a resident who had been a milk farmer in his earlier years, where he would wake up daily at 4.00am to milk his cows. This sleeping pattern continued when he had dementia, and he would become distressed if he were to spend too long indoors.
Documenting his background allowed all care staff to better understand his needs. It was useless to try to get him back to sleep at 4.00am when this was a habit he had carried through his entire life. Staff were also aware of the reasons behind him becoming distressed in a lounge full of people, as he was used to being in the countryside where he had plenty of space to himself.
Our Clinical Operations Manager Claire Bailey speaks about how detailed documentation of a resident’s history and past experiences can assist care staff in providing quality resident first care.
Promoting quality of life and providing meaningful activities for residents involves getting to know the resident as an individual.
Not only are there many programmes promoting person centred care within the industry, but AutumnCare’s care management system integrates person centred care within all care records and documentation.
My Profile and AutumnCare’s Summary Care Plan are designed to be used in conjunction with one another to provide a holistic and well-rounded view of every resident.
The Summary Care Plan is a record of the individuals clinical care needs, whilst My Profile documents all of an individuals preferences. My Profile is particularly useful in providing information to care staff on how a resident with dementia prefers to receive care.
This is all documented and stored within the same care management system, instantly viewable to all care staff at anytime.
Leisure and Lifestyle
We provide Leisure and Lifestyle assessments to document a residents preferred activities to partake in, and the frequency at which they participate in activities.
These assessments focus on a residents ability rather than any disability they may have. They are an ideal way to show families which activities their loved one has been enjoying. This provides a more well-rounded picture of the care the person is receiving, beyond their medical and physical care needs.
Not only is this information beneficial to families, but it enables care staff to identify any concerning patterns that may be emerging early on. For example, if a resident has not been participating in activities they typically enjoy, care staff can identify this and work to identify and rectify the cause.
This is Me
This is Me is a joint initiative by the Alzheimers Society and the Royal College of Nursing.
The document is designed to provide caregivers with information about the person they are caring for, beyond their medical and physical care needs. Information includes details about the person’s family, their past, memorable life experiences, hobbies, interests and their preferred way to receive care.
Originally used to pass on information to hospital staff when a resident was admitted, this information is now also used in instances where a new caregiver is providing care to the resident.
Not only does this reduce distress for the resident, it reinforces the concept of person centred care. The document operates as a reminder that each person is an individual, and should not be defined by their dementia, or any other condition they may have.