‘I’m Still Here’ Principles

‘I’m Still Here’ Principles

To ensure DIGNITY, give HOPE, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Dignity

  • Positivity: Encourage the person to use their skills and abilities to succeed and to master new skills.
  • Respectful: Respect each person’s choices, wishes and capacities.
  • Meaningful: Create meaning in the life of each person by helping them give to and share with others.
  • Relational: Reinforce relationship with care partners.

Engagement

  • Acceptance: Engage the full person – they are still there.
  • Creative: Use the arts and all the senses to engage persons living with dementia.
  • Inclusive: Include and involve all care partners in programs and activities.
  • Open-minded: Employ all methods to reduce medications.

Community

  • Comprehensive: Reach persons with dementia living at home and in other settings.
  • Involved: Include all persons living with dementia in their communities.
  • Inventive: Take advantage of existing community resources.

Education

  • Encouragement: Help everyone living with dementia to learn and grow.
  • Enlighten: Inform individual & community partners in positive new ways to engage persons living with dementia.