Working with Families Diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or a related Dementia and our Positive Outcome Program (POP)
What is POP?
Caring Companion’s Positive Outcome Program or “POP” is a process designed to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome when we provide services to families living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. It greatly increases the success rate of integrating care into your loved one’s life.
So, what is the POP process and what makes it different?
As care professionals in the older adult space, we recognized that the typical approach to care often ended up being a disservice to these families. Why? Largely because of some unrealistic expectations, a lack of education regarding what to expect, and how their approach to care could help create a positive outcome. That is why we created POP.
With POP, we do not simply send in a caregiver. Doing this without the proper training greatly decreases the likelihood of a positive outcome. Instead, we draw from a team with a collective 40-plus years of experience in geriatrics, Parkinson’s and dementia care to evaluate each client, design their care plan and train their caregiver as well as counsel the family.
POP includes a six-step process that features assessments, caregiver training, family training and regular touch-points that ensure superior care and a current care plan even as things change. Since we started implementing POP, we have seen positive outcomes escalate dramatically. What that means for us is the privilege of being able to help families. What that means to the families we serve is the peace-of-mind that their loved one is getting care that accounts for the multitude of challenges associated with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia diagnosis.
POP relies on your loved one’s Life Story
In Caring Companions work with families living with dementia, we have found that a client’s Life Story can be the difference between success and failure as a caregiver. A person living with dementia has the right to be known and to be among people who care. To be effective, our caregivers need to learn as much as they can about your loved one and incorporate that into how they interact and accomplish the tasks in the care plan. The Life Story information makes conversation more meaningful, helps customize activities, allows a better understanding of behavior and helps our caregivers redirect and distract with greater success.
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