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.

Leading and Managing Change in Dementia Care
Leading and Managing Change in Dementia Care
Learning objectives

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

  • Examine how leadership for change might be used to promote relationship-centred care.
  • Apply the principles of culture change and what this means for managing change in practice.
  • Explore the role of quality improvement cycles in promoting relationship-based dementia care.
  • Develop a quality improvement cycle that promotes a relationship-based approach to dementia care.

Throughout this book we have considered organisations as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and explored how each level (micro–meso–macro) of the organisation facilitates relationship-based approaches to dementia care. We began this book by exploring the value of flexibility and how staff can be supported to move along a continuum between individualised, person-centred ...

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