Middle Dementia Phase
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Information to address client and caregiver needs during the middle phase

As the person with dementia experiences increasing losses in their ability to be independent, family members and friends are called on to meet the person's emotional, safety and physical care needs. Many practical issues arise, and everyday living presents new challenges that require patience, knowledge and skill. Interdisciplinary health providers play a crucial role in supporting persons with dementia and their caregivers to cope with these daily challenges and remain at home in their community.

In our focus groups, we met with persons who were living with dementia, as well as their caregivers, and we listened to their stories about how they were coping with everyday life.  For many people, their experiences with the health care system and the type of help they may or may not have had, shaped their opinions about how they were coping. Some of these themes came out of these discussions, and were supported in the clinical focus groups with interdisciplinary providers.

Clinical practice recommendations

The clinical pinch-points of the Middle Phase include:

Toolkit

The clinical toolkit for the Middle Dementia Phase includes assessment tools, learning resources, caregivers resources and practice support tools.

 

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