Person-centred approaches Community Care magazine, 05 November 2009, pp 30-31
This Community Care magazine feature on using person-centred approaches to supporting people to live well with dementia profiles the recent work of the Social Care Institute for Excellence in this field.
Key messages for practitioners:
- People with dementia are individuals, so treating them as unique people with individual histories, experiences and strengths should be the cornerstone of supporting them.
- Dementia is not visible externally so the actions of people with dementia can be misunderstood.
- Learning about the history of people with dementia can provide crucial insights into their needs and requirements.
- Focus on what people with dementia can do rather than always thinking of the problems and difficulties they face.
- Effective two-way communication may be difficult, particularly as the condition progresses, but it is vital that the carer puts every effort into establishing and maintaining the best possible communication.