2017 NADRC: Guide for Professionals on Practical Strategies for Persons with Dementia Living Alone (PDF)

The purpose of this guide is to provide practical strategies that can be used to address certain prominent challenges that service providers face when working with individuals with dementia who live alone. The guide is organized by the following six major sections that address different practical challenges of working with individuals with dementia who live alone: Identifying individuals with dementia who live alone, Building trust, Supporting safety and autonomy, Involving family and friends, Coordinating paid providers and formal support services, Assisting with transition to a new setting. The content comes from a literature review to determine the state of the science and current practices implemented with individuals who have dementia and live alone and interviews with subject matter experts who have experience with community programs or services for people with dementia who live alone. These expert interviews informed the strategies addressed in this guide.