Caring for people with forms of Dementia is a multi-faceted task. So what does it mean to have quality of life while living with a form of Dementia. We have here our Quality of Life Outcomes that may serve to give you a better idea of what it means to truly care.

Jura Care Village’s Quality of Life Outcomes:

  1. As a person with dementia, I have the best possible physical well being:

    • I am well hydrated
    • I am well nourished
    • I am comfortable – free from pain
    • I am physically active
    • I am clean and hygienic
    • I am safe
    • My medical needs are being fully attended to and are being treated by professionals knowledgeable in dementia care.
    • I receive the least restrictive intervention for my behaviour symptoms
  2. As a person with dementia, I have meaningful relationships:

    • I am supported in maintaining ongoing relationships as desired
    • I am provided opportunities to develop new relationships as desired with family, friends, peers, etc.
    • I have the opportunity to maintain an intimate* relationship with my spouse/partner as desired within my capacity (*intimate = physically and emotionally close, sexual as person’s competency/consent allows)
  3. As a person with dementia, I have caregivers who are educated and supported:

    • I receive quality care for all my needs and desires by educated professionals
    • I receive quality care from patient and empathic professionals
    • I receive quality care from professionals who understand me, and the mental illness I have
  4. As a person with dementia, I have hope because my future is valued and supported:

    • I participate to my capacity in all decisions effecting my life
    • I am useful and make contributions of value
    • I plan and do things I’ve wanted to do while I can
    • I have the emotional support and the encouragement I need
    • I have positive things to look forward to and do
    • I have a legally supported plan for my future needs and wishes
    • My previous wishes are honoured as my capacity diminishes
    • I continue practices that nourish me spiritually
  5. As a person with dementia, I am accepted and understood as an individual:

    • I am treated as a person, not a disease, and am acknowledged as “present”
    • I have regular opportunities to access and share my rich and meaningful past
    • I practice rituals that comfort and calm me
    • I continue my own cultural lifestyle
    • My orientation to time and reality is respected and supported
    • I continue my familiar routines
    • My environment is anchored in things I value that are familiar to me
    • I have continuity in relationships with caregivers
    • I have physical privacy
    • My sexual identity is treated with respect
    • I am free from all forms of abuse
  6. As a person with dementia, I am accepted and understood as an individual:

    • I engage in activities that are meaningful to me daily
    • I have the opportunity to participate in the life of my community
    • I am able to communicate with others to my highest capacity
    • I am able to do things independently with safe supports
    • I enjoy the tastes, smells, sounds, and feelings of the real world
    • I have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and be in the outdoors

It is so important to define what it means to have a quality of life. Each resident’s outcomes will be slightly different. But once defined, one can realistically look at the situation at hand and truly make a difference in the care provided.