How can ‘positive risk-taking’ help build dementia-friendly communities?

Managing risk can dominate everyday practice in dementia care. This briefing paper, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explores approaches developed in statutory mental health services and outlines the benefits of ‘positive risk-taking’.

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The authors assert that it is all too easy to see the negatives around someone living with dementia and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential. A dementia-friendly neighbourhood or community is good for everyone, from individuals to businesses; it is not just about accommodating people living with dementia.

This briefing paper challenges us to think differently about risk for people living with dementia. It encourages us to use the principles of ‘positive risk-taking’ to inform understanding of dementia and change attitudes. It also explores how we achieve the benefits and meet the challenges of applying it in practice.