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Setting SMART Goals for Dementia Patients -

Dementia can bring a variety of challenges, but setting goals can empower patients and caregivers alike. Using the SMART framework can help ensure these goals are achievable and contribute to a better quality of life.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Here's how to apply it to dementia care:

Specific: Instead of a vague goal like "improve memory," aim for something concrete, like "recall three grocery items from a list after 10 minutes."

Measurable: Define how progress will be tracked. This could involve counting the number of correctly recalled items or using a simple checklist.

Achievable: Goals should be challenging but attainable to avoid discouragement. Consider the patient's current abilities and set small, incremental steps.

Relevant: Goals should be meaningful to the patient and contribute to their overall well-being. Involving the patient in setting goals can increase their motivation.
Time-bound: Set a realistic timeframe for achieving each goal. This helps maintain focus and allows for adjustments as needed.

Examples of SMART Goals for Dementia Patients:

Increase independence: The goal could be for the patient to dress themselves with minimal assistance within two weeks. Progress can be measured by tracking the number of clothing items put on independently each day.
Maintain social connections: Aim for the patient to participate in a weekly video call with a friend or family member. The number of successful calls can track progress.

By setting SMART goals, we can empower dementia patients to maintain a sense of accomplishment, independence, and purpose. Remember, celebrating small victories along the way is crucial.
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