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Integration of Palliative Care For Older Adults With Dementia In The Social Welfare Institution In Coincides With Digital Transformation

Suzana Koštomaj
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Organized palliative care is necessary to ensure the quality of life for the elderly with dementia living in social welfare institutions. In apparent compliance with the principles of palliative care and carefully planned non-pharmacological approaches, organized palliative care is of exceptional value for the individual and his family and the employees. The OAZA concept clearly shows excellent added value. It emphasizes the importance of the environment while implementing non-pharmacological approaches - special techniques for work (aromatherapy, basal stimulation, innovative validation, etc.). Since 2016 carried out in the Šentjur Home for the Elderly, and later can be found in several Slovenian homes for the elderly. Implementing comprehensive congruent palliative care with clearly planned organizational structures, both global and national, is a socially responsible task of great importance. The number of people diagnosed with dementia is increasing rapidly. The purpose of this paper is to present the concept of OAZA professionally and to define the role of palliative care for people with dementia regarding digital transformation in social welfare institutions. Early involvement in palliative care, family meetings and the participation of relatives in the decision-making process regarding the care of the individual, all resulting from the pre-expressed wishes of that individual, lead to a clear goal – maintaining the individual’s dignity. Since we live in a time of digital transformation, the use of IT technology is meaningful, especially in those segments that affect the quality of life. In practice, this offers people with dementia higher quality of life and enables the caregiver to provide safer care while also saving time. Based on the content analysis, were introduced two topics: integrating palliative care for people with dementia in social welfare institutions in step with the digital transformation and the concept OAZA.

 

 


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