Title: Personalisation and Dementia. A guide for person-centred practice
Authors: Helen Sanderson and Gill Bailey
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014
Reviewer: Jane Brocksom, urology/continence nurse specialist, St James Hospital
What was it like?
A refreshingly readable book, feels and looks like a text book but reads like a supportive coaching manual. Very in-depth but that doesn’t distract from the clarity of the writing style.It is so well written. The first three chapters set the scene, and each chapter follows in a succinct format. The opening of each chapter explains its intention – using real lived stories to present information and a more personal approach, while offering explanations and additional reading material. The references are in-depth, up to date and appropriate. Figures and diagrams are used throughout to explain and give examples.
Contents include – personalisation and people living with dementia knowing the person: one-page profiles; matching staff and clarifying responsibilities; acting on what is working and not working; further reflection, learning and action; putting it all together; getting stared and progress for providers.
What were the highlights?
Too many highlights really including – “one-page profiles”, “personalisation” and “person centred practices” because they have resonance across all spheres of Nursing. They make you sit up, think and reflect on your own work.
Chapter 5 ”matching staff and clarifying responsibilities” is my highlight. Suggesting how matching staff characteristics with persons living with dementia, develops a win-win relationship. So obvious but I suspect a neglected area, is this a subject for further research?
The appendix allows readers to use the self-assessment tool and get started – an emphasis is placed on energy, commitment and involvement with training and support, not just money, to provide safe, dignified and quality person-centred care.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I don’t have any weaknesses with this book. I just hope that it is made accessible and readily available. One page profiles take care planning to a new dimension; they are not just a paper exercise but a real tool to use to improve care for people living with dementia. Plus dare is I say for long term elder care facilities.
An insightful and enlightening read. A big well done to the authors.
Who should read it?
I would like to see everyone involved in elder care have access to a copy of this book. That’s not just care staff, but non-care support staff too. It will be appropriate across all levels of nursing from NVQ support staff to ward managers and service providers.
To use a quote from the book “A one-page profile therefore is the foundation of personalisation without this information people are likely to be treated as a clinical condition – and their dementia will always be seen first”.