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

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

The brain and person-centred care 1.Bringing different perspectives together

Deeper understanding of the brain damage underlying dementia illuminates and validates the person-centredapproach to dementia care, says Elizabeth Milwain in this first of a series of five articles.Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Positive psychology: using strengths and experiencing flow

In the second of two articles on the way ‘positive psychology’ can support and illuminate our work with people with dementia, Kate Allan looks at human virtues and strengths, and the experience of flowAuthor/s: Kate Allan For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

Beatrice: personhood restored through sensory experience

Kim Wylie tells how regular, gentle sensory sessions with Beatrice, a care home resident with dementia, drew out vivid responses from a woman thought to be isolated and withdrawnAuthor/s: Kim Wylie For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Strategies that helped Betty feel busy and useful again

In this fourth case study demonstrating the Newcastle Challenging Behaviour Service model, Amy Wood-Mitchell and Margaret Milburn explain how the team worked with staff to better understand the needs of a woman routinely trying to be ‘let out’ of a care home.Author/s: Amy Wood-Mitchell, Margaret Milburn For the full article please see the PDF download … Read more

Acknowledging the man, not the behaviour

In this third case study demonstrating the support model used by Newcastle Challenging Behaviour Service, Emily Janes and Louisa Shirley describe how the team worked with staff to help them understand the underlying needs behind an older man’s sexual disinhibitionAuthor/s: Emily Janes, Louisa Shirley For the full article please see the PDF download linked to … Read more

Psychoanalysis and dementia: the dynamics of care

In this third and final article, Ian Morton focuses on some of the unconscious processes that affect the relationship between paid caregiver and the person with dementia, and on the dynamics of caregiving organisationsAuthor/s: Ian Morton For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

On Tom Kitwood and culture change in dementia care

In a new book, Andrea Capstick and Clive Baldwin assess Tom Kitwood’s contribution to the field of dementia studies. Here they consider one of the key themes of their book – the transformation of organisational culture in dementia careAuthor/s: Andrea Capstick, Clive Baldwin For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the … Read more

Understanding Thomas: needs born of fear and frustration

In this second case study demonstrating the support model used by Newcastle Challenging Behaviour Service, Elizabeth Kennedy and Lorna Mackenzie describe what they helped care  staff to discover about Thomas, and how this improved his careAuthor/s: Elizabeth Kennedy, Lorna Mackenzie For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full … Read more