For several decades now, new residents have been welcomed into nursing homes with the perspective that thorough knowledge of each person’s illnesses and disabilities, as well as their life circumstances, is essential to their care. This information is viewed as vital to provide care and services taking into account their needs for support and adaptation, particularly in terms of communicating, recognizing individuals, memory, orientation in time and space, and perception of danger.
Later on, the personality, the culture, and the life story of each resident began to be considered. “Finally!” some said. This was indeed a crucial change that helped, and still helps, to reduce the incidence of difficult behaviour.
“But what else can be done?” we ask today, since there is room for improvement, to go further.
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