Values and Guiding Principles
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that has profound impacts on people with the disease and their families.
People with Alzheimer's disease need to be told their diagnosis and made aware of available treatment options.
People with Alzheimer's disease need to participate in decision-making regarding their daily lives and future care for as long as they are able. If unable to participate, the known values and wishes of the person with Alzheimer's disease must guide all decisions.
People with Alzheimer's disease need a safe, restraint free living environment, and protection from exploitation and abuse.
Family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer's disease need to have their caregiving needs assessed and provided for.
People with Alzheimer's disease and those who care for them need to take an active role in the planning and implementation of care.
Adequate resources must be available to provide support to people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers throughout the course of the disease.
Last Updated: 12/15/11