Assisted living decisions are often thought of as merely residential choices, but they reflect a host of considerations: Finances, healthcare, and concerns about new and unknown environments are key elements to consider during this complex process.
In this video, Claudia Drossel demonstrates an approach to therapy with caregivers and their loved ones in which the therapist's role is to put the clients' personal history and values in context as they explore the best care options for the clients' circumstances.
In this session, Dr. Drossel works with the daughter and caregiver of an elderly woman who has recently experienced a medical crisis. Although the client is not yet aware of her mother's prognosis, she struggles with an urgent need to take action immediately to protect her mother. Dr. Drossel guides the client toward being a more effective advocate for her mother as they discuss assisted living options that are supportive and in line with her mother's needs.
About the Presenter:
Claudia Drossel, PhD, holds doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from Temple University's Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she focused on researching, practicing, and disseminating the contextual approach to dementia care.
From 2005 through 2010, Dr. Drossel was the associate director of the Nevada Caregiver Support Center, a state-funded, evidence-based, consumer-directed service program for individuals with dementia and their families, recognized in June 2008 by the U.S. Administration on Aging as a "Program Champion."
Based upon clinical experience and research, Dr. Drossel coauthored (with Susan M. McCurry) a practical manual for providers, Treating Dementia in Context: A Step-by-Step Guide for Working With Individuals and Families (2011).
Dr. Drossel is currently an advanced fellow in mental illness research and treatment at the VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, where she continues her work to enhance quality of life for individuals with neurocognitive disorders and their families by promoting health-related behaviors and preventing excess disability (i.e., more disability than predicted by the neurocognitive disorder alone).