Posted by:3 September, 2012
- Article: Durgahee T, Durgahee A (2012) Dementia care: focusing on daily experiences. Nursing Times; 108: 36, 12-14.
- The number of people living with dementia is steadily rising
- Dementia care should be guided by a model such as Kitwood Plus, making personhood, relationships and daily experiences key priorities
- This model redefines dementia care as “no yesterday, no tomorrow, but today” to make care practice enjoyable and uplifting
- Carers need a toolkit to connect with residents before they offer care and support to make care practice meaningful
- Four key anchors modernise dementia care practice: stability; learning culture; practice reinforcement; and reflective carers
Think about a patient you are care for with dementia.
- How has dementia affected their interaction with other people?
- How has it affected their ability to carry out activities of daily living?
The authors of this paper define dementia as “no yesterday, no tomorrow, but today”. How could you use this definition to inform your practice?
Smile, touch, eye contact and positive talk (STEP) are outlined as the basic tools needed to care for people with dementia. How could you incorporate these into a patients care plan?
After reading this article how could you use the Kitwood Plus model in your area to improve the care of people with dementia?
How would you explain the model to a healthcare assistant and help them to connect and interact with people with dementia?
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