One way of helping a patient or resident with dementia is by incorporating activities based on the Montessori Method. The Montessori Method places an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a person’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
Developed in 1897 for children with special needs, this teaching process proposes activities to help dementia patients cope with everyday life.
MANZ is delighted to partner with the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP) to offer a global Montessori certification in Montessori Dementia Care. The number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to increase worldwide. While there is a tremendous focus on research for causes, treatment and possible cures for dementia, there is no worldwide standard for dementia-specific education for all health care professionals.This is a globally recognised course with a curriculum focusing on an innovative method of working with persons living with cognitive and /or physical impairments based on the method and philosophy of Dr Montessori. The approach, in this course, focuses on using the remaining capacities of persons with Dementia, including their ability to learn new information and procedures. Most importantly, the course will focus on creating resident-driven communities within supportive physical and social environments. This is done by emphasising the values of respect, dignity, and equality along with providing principles and realistic approaches for implementing this approach. The course focus deals with person-centred care, respect, dignity and, allowing elders to do as much as they can for themselves.
The use of the Montessori Method for people with Dementia has been shown to increase levels of activity, independence, and quality of life while reducing common challenges.
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