Palliative care

For people with dementia and their caregivers

"I enjoy getting to know my patients’ life stories and finding ways to incorporate their experiences and personalities into a holistic and personalized plan of care."

From dementia diagnosis through active disease and end-of-life care

Equity of care for dementia patients

People with dementia and their caregivers have been shown to have palliative care needs equal to those of cancer patients.

A diagnosis begins with palliative care

Just like cancer patients, palliative care for people living with dementia should start at the time of screening and continue through the journey of the disease process.

Essential aspects of care for a dementia patient's palliative journey

Coordination of care
Music therapy, art guide, geriatrician, palliative trained and dementia-certified social worker
Physical aspects of care

Swallowing difficulties, feeding decisions, driving and mobility discussions

Cultural and spiritual care
Communication, language, existential, religious appropriateness
Psychological and psychiatric

Anticipatory grief, behavioral management

Know your options
VA connections, adult care homes, and placement agents
nurse holding hand of an emotional caregiver with tissue
End-of-life resources

Medical aid in dying discussion,  hospice care at home

Palliative care includes support for difficult transitions, such as moving from one living situation to another. Nursing care is provided as an add-on service.