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 Community Through Dementia-Friendly Environments

Developing Community Through Dementia-Friendly Environments

Learning objectives

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

  • Examine the key principles of a positive personal and social environment for people living with dementia.
  • Explore how the environment (personal, social and physical) may influence the behaviour of a person with dementia.
  • Develop a relationship-centred care plan for a person who may be experiencing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
  • Identify a relevant educational strategy for your area of practice that will support staff in adopting a relationship-based approach to care.


We have used the lens of Complex Adaptive Systems to examine how relationship-based dementia care has the potential to be delivered at all levels of the organisation. In the previous chapter, we explored how ...

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