Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights
- 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 persons well trained in dementia care.
Source: "The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care", Virginia Bell and David Troxel, Health Profession Press, 1997 http://bestfriendsapproach.com/index.php
I'll be looking for this book at my library. If I really like it, I'll buy myself a copy.