To play or not to play – that is the question

  Are humour and play a valid part of dementia care or is it too serious to be joked about? John Killick, in the first of a series of articles considering what has changed in dementia care over the past 30 years, describes how he revised his views on the value of laughter in the course of care.  In this journal in … 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

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

The Funshops: improvised drama and humour.

John Killick describes his recent work in partnership with the Scottish Dementia Working Group.Author/s: John Killick 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

Movement as the medium for connection, empathy, playfulness.

Donna Newman-Bluestein and Heather Hill explain what dance therapy means for people with dementia, and the role it can play as an integral part of person-centred care. Author/s: Donna Newman-Bluestein, Heather Hill For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The brain and person-centred care 6. The dynamics of dementia care work.

In this sixth and last article in her series on the brain and dementia care, Elizabeth Milwain describes the physical demands working in a person-centred way makes on the brain, and what this means for care staff and carers.Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

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.

Nurse-led CST on a hospital ward.

Anna Tickle describes the introduction of cognitive stimulation therapy to an acute assessment ward for older people with dementia.Author/s: Anna Tickle For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Tailor-made cognitive stimulation.

Susannah Thwaites and Anita Sara explain how staff on an inpatient ward took the ideas of cognitive stimulation therapy and developed individualised boxes jam-packed with ideas for one-to-one working. Author/s: Susannah Thwaites, Anita Sara For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more