An Alzheimer’s Disease Bill of Rights.

Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder deserves:

* To be informed of one’s diagnosis.

* To have appropriate, ongoing medical care.

* To be productive in work and play as long as possible

* To be treated like an adult, not a child.

* To have expressed feelings taken seriously.

* To be free from psychotropic medications if at all possible.

* To live in a safe, structured and predictable environment.

* To enjoy meaningful activities to fill each day.

* To be out-of-doors on a regular basis.

* To have physical contact including hugging, caressing, and

hand-holding.

* To be with persons who know one’s life story, including cultural and

religious traditions.

* To be cared for by individuals well-trained in dementia care.

From: The Best Friends Approach To Alzheimer’s Care, Virginia Bell & David Troxel, Health Profession Press, 1997

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