Caring for Community-Dwelling Older Adults Having Dementia: A Concept of Person-Centred Care
Older adults with dementia suffer from cognitive impairment and functional
dependency, and therefore need long-term care. Most older adults live in their communities;
therefore, the caring responsibility belongs to the members of their families. Caregiving
planning and preparation is an important process that requires knowledge, understanding
and ﬂexible caregiving skills.
Person-centered care is an effcient caring method for dependent older adults
living at home. It is also an important element for the development of caregiving quality
for older adults having dementia. To help such older adults who live in their communities,
nurses play an important role by enhancing caregivers’ and family members’ caring skills.
This article explains the concept, defnition, signifcance and elements of the
person-centred care approach, and its impacts, problems and obstacles that could affect
older adults with dementia. This article also focuses on the role of nurses in applying
this concept into practice
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