Dementia awareness and good practice

Southern England care home provider Colten Care has invested in practice development, dementia care awareness, and the appointment of an Admiral Nurse.  Elaine Farrer explains the positive difference this has made, especially during the pandemic.  Looking back, we always knew we were a good fit for Admiral Nursing. We own and operate 21 care homes in the south of England, all … Read more

Bringing the inside out

Artists from the charity Living Words work with care home residents to write down their sounds and words.  When the pandemic struck, as Susanna Howard and Reinhard Guss recall, the charity had to invent a new approach to engaging creatively with residents.    Since the closure of long stay wards for patients with dementia in large mental health … Read more

Introducing CHARM: the Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model

Carrying out research in care homes can be challenging because it fails to consider resources within those homes or take a collaborative approach.  In the first of a series of articles Isabelle Latham and colleagues introduce their answer to this problem, the Care Home Action Researcher-in residence Model (CHARM), and explain how it works.  Conducting research in care … Read more

Leadership in dementia care: what does it take?

Buz Loveday has developed professional development courses for leaders in dementia care. Here she shares some of the learning from these courses, and argues that leadership skills are crucial for nurturing a staff team  and capitalising on staff training. Author/s: Buz Loveday For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Bridging the generation gap: enlisting student support to improve well-being.

Lesley Hobbs, Tony Charlton and Stuart Wright describe a study in which older secondary school students were supported and helped to befriend ‘low interacting’ care home residents, including those with dementia.Author/s: Lesley Hobbs, Tony Charlton, Stuart Wright For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is … Read more

A little help with care planning.

Brenda Walker and Sue Manterfield set out some important principles for effective dementia care planning.Author/s: Brenda Walker, Sue Manterfield For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Poems for life.

Katie Clark describes a reading group with a difference where people with dementia can rediscover the joys of reading poems together. Author/s: Katie Clark For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Dolls: handle with care.

Amanda Stevenson and colleagues share lessons learned in one care home about using dolls.Author/s: Amanda Stevenson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Imagine you are the ocean.

In this excerpt from her new book, Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris gives ideas and inspiration on collaborative poetry writing with people with dementia.Author/s: Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Person-centred risk management: the Traffic Light approach.

Debbie Sells and Louisa Shirley introduce a new approach to care planning, which aims to support staff to feel confident and prepared for when things might go wrong, especially if the person has a history of behaviour that challenges. Author/s: Debbie Sells, Louisa Shirley For the full article please see the PDF download linked to … Read more