Dementia is only part of a person’s identity. The core is their unique self, remaining abilities, life experiences, and relationships.
Person-centered care means Abe’s Garden® staff combines an understanding of who residents and program participants were before dementia impacted their current skills, interests, and preferences. The focus is on what they are able to do now, rather than lost abilities.
Specifically, daily life activities (such as eating, bathing, and sleeping) occur according to each individual’s preferences, not predetermined schedules or care partner convenience.