Montessori for dementia program helping Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes
"With a social model of care people are asked, included, given back some control, treated with more respect and dignity," she added. "We look at what skills and abilities they still have and how we can enable them to use their skills and abilities in a meaningful way."
A nursing home in Warracknabeal in western Victoria has won awards for its Montessori methods, which also saw a 100 per cent reduction in the number of dementia patients taking anti-psychotic drugs and a significant reduction in sedation.
"It is about assessing the person's abilities, not disabilities," manager for innovation and continuous improvement at Rural North West Health, Wendy Walters said. The dementia ward has been re-named the memory support ward.