"[I educate] caregivers and staff working with the elderly," said Roberta, "specifically [those with] dementia. I also try to work with caregivers and staff--especially social workers--on coping skills, coping [with being] a caregiver, coping with any losses, stress management techniques to be able to cope better. [I offer] dementia training to try to [help staff and caregivers] face some of the fears that [they] have… things you don't know, things you don't know how to deal with, facing those fears and giving them some idea of how to help individuals with dementia[.]"
Better Understanding DementiaMany people aren't clear about what exactly dementia is and how varied it can be in its expression among those who suffer from it. People think of dementia and they think of Alzheimer's. While Alzheimer's certainly is a form of dementia, it is not by any means the only form.
Since some forms of dementia are temporary and curable, Roberta highly recommends that people not take an initial diagnosis at face value. "You want to exhaust all possible means of it not being irreversible [dementia]," she asserted. "Are they dehydrated? Is their diet okay? Do they have a UTI? Is there something going on? [Get assessments] to make sure that it isn't some type of reversible [dementia.]"
Facilitating a ChangeUnfortunately, the eldercare industry has a notoriously high turnover rate for employees. According to a 2013 report produced by the American Health Care Association, the national turnover rate for skilled nursing facilities was about 44%, while the turnover for CNAs in particular was about 52%. Assisted living rates were slightly lower at about 32%. Roberta believes this is largely because people haven't received proper training and education to best navigate particularly challenging cases, such as dementia.
To learn more about Roberta Stack's work or to contact her directly, you may visit her on the web at www.RobertaStack.com or reach her by phone at 440-759-9178.
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