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Safeguarding Memory: Friendly Communities

       In order to create a more friendly and convenient care model for dementia cases and their families, Taipei City Hospital has set up the “Safeguarding Memory: Friendly Communities ” platform by combining network and technology to include dementia care related resources, and have quick access to nearby resources, such as dementia-friendly organizations, dementia bases, day care centers, long-term care resources, etc. The platform also provides memory-friendly maps , long-term care 2.0 service computation, care classrooms, shared decision making (SDM), activity registration, life storybooks , and other features. In addition, by incorporating the member certification mechanism, information of contact persons is converted into QR codes to be worn by cases to prevent them from getting lost.

       Long-term care 2.0 service coverage is gradually becoming comprehensive. On the platform, Long-term Care Four Paid Services items and costs are used to carry out computing services, lessening the caregiver’s care expenses while assuring better care by providing them with exact self-paid amounts and government subsidized amounts.

       According to Dr. Liu Chien-Liang from the Division of Neurology, Heping Fuyou Branch, dementia care should be based on people-centered treatment to achieve diverse definite diagnosis from the community-based structural side, process side, and result side. The research has found that participation in cognitive promotion activities and physical activities can help activate brain cells and maintain physical activeness. Therefore, dementia-friendly organizations may conduct platform advocacy and related activities to let dementia families have better access and encourage them to use life storybooks, take photographs of activity experiences for remembrance, and record the beauty of life through text and images.

       Taking care of the elderly with dementia is a long journey. With the functional degeneration of cases, resources need also to vary. To cultivate the high-quality care principles of high independence and autonomy, community support is essential. Dementia-friendly communities need to engage in coordination and cooperation through all service providers, cooperate with dementia knowledge and friendliness issues promoted by the government, and take care of dementia cases as well as dementia families.