Care partners learn to incorporate mindfulness practice into their every-day lives. Mindful presence, or the ability to be aware of the present moment, on purpose and without judgment, has been scientifically proven to be an effective stress-reduction strategy. It is now taught in many hospitals, clinics, and other health organizations throughout the world. For care partners, it can be an excellent way to deal with stress. Mindful presence is also critical in terms of engaging in the present moment, and providing the best care possible for the person with dementia.
Through a combination of lectures, group sharing, mindful enquiries, and hands on activities, care partners learn to adopt an integrative view of dementia. This integrative approach combines both biomedical and experiential models of care. The biomedical model provides care partners with the basic understanding they need to effectively advocate, care, and plan for the persons in their care. The experiential model gives them the tools to effectively communicate and deal with behaviors, for different dementia subtypes.
Participants are taught about the need to develop a mindful care community and strategies to develop such a community. Although simple, mindfulness practice is hard to sustain without the support of a community of practice. Also, in order to be successful, dementia care requires the involvement of a whole care partnering team. A mindful care community can be as small as two people.