Serving individuals with dementia who live alone
Gould, E., Knowles, M., Lepore, M., & Maslow, K. (2017). Serving individuals with dementia who live alone. Generations, Fall(Supplement), 83-89.
National and regional data indicate that a signiﬁcant number of people with dementia live alone; this puts them at high risk for neglect, exploitation, falls, and other safety risks. Identifying whether a person has developed dementia is the ﬁrst critical step in being able to provide the necessary supports and services to help him or her adequately manage personal care needs and daily activities, while ensuring safety. This article addresses practical strategies that home- and community-based service providers can use when working with people with dementia who live alone.