Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents Christine Brown Wilson’s latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers. The text first guides the reader through the underpinning theory behind the different approaches to person centred and relationship centred care and provides case scenarios with a range of practical strategies staff and students have developed and implemented. It then presents the different levels of the organisational change using practical strategies adopting a person centred and relationship centred approach involving the person with dementia and their families. This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Developing Relationship-Based Approaches to Dementia Care
Developing Relationship-Based Approaches to Dementia Care
Learning objectives

By the end of this chapter, the reader will be able to:

  • Critically consider the different relationship-based approaches to care and how they form a continuum of practice.
  • Analyse the differences between individualised, person-centred and relationship-centred care.
  • Examine how the use of biography can be used to implement relationship-based approaches to care.
  • Investigate how you might implement person-centred and relationship-centred care in your practice.

In the previous chapter we considered a range of myths that impact on the journey of the person with dementia and those important to them, from diagnosis through to death. The discussion demonstrated the value of healthcare professionals understanding how dementia affects a person and the potential for treatment and support as the ...

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