Care Visions Dementia Services

Dementia is emerging as the major health and social care issue of the 21st Century. Currently, there are no pharmaceutical treatments that slow the progression of any of the major precursors of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. At best, the suite of currently approved medications may provide symptomatic relief in some individuals, for a short period of time. With regards to dementia,  is also widely recognized that anti-psychotic, anxiolytic and anti-depression medication are overused and often inappropriately prescribed.

There needs to be greater focus on the targeted use of evidence-based non-pharmacological therapies that provide a higher quality of life for those suffering from such diseases. The Care Visions Dementia Pathway takes a data-driven approach, making use of the latest in neuroscience and care research to provide systemised support for patients – stimulating areas of ability and mitigating symptoms of dysfunction and disability.

About Care Visions

Providing dementia care in Beijing and in the UK, Care Visions is focused on the development and implementation of an innovative care model for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Care Visions has a systematic approach that methodically combines assessments of the relative staging of cognitive, behavioural and functional impairments with a scientifically sound non-pharmacological therapy program. The aim of Care Visions is to equip all levels of care workers, communities, and societies with the optimal non-drug care options, so they can in turn provide the best quality of life for those suffering.

Staging of dementia and brain pathology in dementia

Contemporary neuroscience research has indicated how specific areas of the brain are progressively affected across the stages of the condition. By understanding this, we can link emergence of particular symptoms of dementia to degeneration of particular areas of the brain. An understanding of how this disease affects the brain at different stages can be highly informative for the selection of therapeutic approaches that seek to ameliorate or work around areas of deficit, and support and maintain areas of remaining ability.

Introducing the Care Visions Dementia Therapy Pathway

The Care Visions Dementia Pathway approach takes into account brain pathology and the relative staging (early, middle and late) of disease progression in concert with related schema for dementia (7 stages) to inform the selection of specific sets of non-pharmacological therapies.

Thus, we can target a patient’s functional, cognitive, behavioural and sensory deficits by administering and continually evaluating the most effective non-drug therapies. Selection of therapies is based on the latest evidence of efficacy in individual and group therapy context. Care staff are trained not only in the application of these therapies, but also in the evaluation of their effectiveness, which forms the basis of a data-driven approach to care mapping and planning.
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