If you Google “dementia-care” on the Internet, you will find lots of links about “dementia” but nothing specific about ‘dementia care’. The information is mostly about topics such as the stages of dementia, which is very important information – but how do we cope best with the actual care of those who are living dementia?

Dementia care refers to the actual skill-set required by anyone – from family caregiver to healthcare professional – to improve the quality of life of someone living with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia. It is specialized care that requires specialized training. Dementia-care is complex and very costly – until now.

Dementia care also refers to what it takes to be successful at the delivery of care to these loved ones and patients/residents. Through research and decades of trials, the ICA has come to the conclusion that there are ‘three best ways’ to do this job well.

There are many aspects of dementia care that most of us only learn about through ‘hit and miss’ thinking or simply by chance. We often hear people say, “You see one person with dementia and you’ve seen one person with dementia.” The ICA believes that each and every individual is unique; however, we have discovered and gathered ‘three best ways’ of assuring the best possible outcome. These are listed on the home page of this website in three circles.

Due to the challenging demands of dementia care and the high costs of such care, it is no longer acceptable to provide services via the “hit and miss” approach. It is simply too costly financially and in terms of quality of life for the individuals requiring such care.

Every person living with dementia is as rich inside as any healthy person. How do we best preserve this richness? How do we know for sure that the ‘three best ways’ will have a positive result? Are there any guarantees?

It is the responsibility of the care provider to breakthrough and reach out to what we know is the most advanced possibilities in dementia and Alzheimer’s today. Since seven individuals participated in a small study in 2015, all contained their dementia and continued to improve cognitively and physically.

Lack of dementia care training and such advancement as in our own small research, is draining our healthcare workforce and costing healthcare budgets more than can afford. This results in very poor or unacceptable dementia care, and needless suffering.

This is the reason the ICA was created and offers a uniform dementia-care program for everyone, anywhere. We call it the ‘three best ways’.

The goal is to find the same basic dementia-care services from one facility to the next, whether at a hospital, long-term care facility, or even at home. Think about what a McDonald’s hamburger tastes like in Canada and in the UK: the same, right? So, it should be with dementia care. The ICA wants dementia care in the United States and Japan, for example, to reflect the same basic, effective program.