Patterned or uniqure design concepts, while aesthetically pleasing, can represent obstacles for residents with dementia. Even lighting levels can dramatically affect sundowning, reduce responsiveness in certain ADL categories, and potentially put residents at risk.
But also, weaved into the memory care experience are staff interventions. Evidence-based behavioral interventions must be applied to facilitate better interactions. Therapeutic practices of focused and individualized communication can enable better outcomes in an environment that may seem safe to us but is the opposite for those with dementia.
Acclaimed national experts Dr. Addie Abushousheh and Dr. Migette Kaup will share their research behind the “dementia-friendly” environment and experience. Discover why your furniture and finishes might be impacting patterns of behavior among residents, or why organizations might want to consider remodeling their bathrooms in favor of resident safety.
- List the biggest areas of concern related to design and environment
- Define the impacts environment and staffing interventions have on memory care, resident experience and safety
- Provide recommendations for future interventions which combine design-related effects to achieve better outcomes
About the Speakers
Addie Abushousheh, PhD
Association of Households International
Addie Abushousheh, PhD is the Executive Director for the Association of Households International (AHHI) and an Environmental and Organizational Gerontologist, facilitating Culture Change (CC) practices and design in LTC. She is a Fellow of UWM’s Institute on Aging & Environment (IAE).
Migette Kaup, MA, PhD
Kansas State University
Migette Kaup is a professor and the ID program coordinator at Kansas State University. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, and a Master's of Architecture in Environment and Behavior and Place Studies with an emphasis in gerontology from Kansas State University.
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*This program is pending approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or http://www.nabweb.org*