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 a Biographical Approach in Care Practice

Developing a Biographical Approach in Care Practice
Developing a Biographical Approach in Care Practice
Learning objectives

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

  • Examine how to implement a relationship-based model of dementia care by using a biographical approach to care planning.
  • Explore how direct care is influenced by the structure of the organisation and how a Complex Adaptive System supports dementia care.
  • Analyse the barriers and enablers at the care delivery level of the organisation that might impede or promote relationship-based approaches to care.
  • Complete a care plan for a relationship-based model of dementia care.

As we discussed in Chapter 2, valuing personhood is a fundamental principle of person-centred and relationship-centred care. We examined the value of biography in developing knowledge of what mattered to people ...

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