ACL and NADRC Issue Brief (2015): Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone

2015 NADRC:
Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone

Highlights indications that a person with dementia living alone is not able to adequately manage his or her personal care needs and daily activities, such as frequent emergency medical visits, little or no food in the home, unkempt appearance, dirty clothes, and weather-inappropriate clothing. Intervention strategies to serve this population also are addressed, including referral for pharmacist or nurse medication reconciliation, home-delivered meals, arranging for home care services, notifying the police and fire departments of the person’s condition and providing contact information.

Also: Decision Making: autonomy, capacity, care planning, competency, ethics, financial capacity, informed consent, shared decision-making, care management; Live Alone: live-alones, single person, widowhood, unmarried