A life worth living to the full, with or without dementia

Professional carers need to recognise that, not only is life worth living for people with dementia, but their quality of life can improve. Our key role is to use our knowledge and skills to help people realise their full potential, writes Claire Biernacki.Author/s: Claire Biernacki For the full article please see the PDF download linked … Read more

Clinical heroes: pushing up standards in long-term care

In this second of two articles Paul Whitby addresses the critical question: how can we change the culture of a ward or care home for the better? Clinical heroes � leaders with passionate vision as well as power and influence � are needed. Author/s: Paul Whitby For the full article please see the PDF download … Read more

Communication and dementia: how effective is the Talking Mats approach?

Sylvia Cox, Joan Murphy and Cindy Gray report on a study to examine the effectiveness of the Talking Mats framework – a ‘low-tech’ communication aid – for people with dementia.Author/s: Sylvia Cox, Joan Murphy, Cindy Gray For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

Customised Tai Chi for people with dementia

Linda Stephens explains how Tai Chi has become an important part of one day hospital’s programme – with storytelling and sensory stimulation added into the formula for successAuthor/s: Linda Stephens For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Meaningful involvement: carers as students

Penny Hibberd introduces an innovative idea for involving carers in higher education, and carers Caryn and Ted Bird explain how they have benefited from the approach Author/s: Penny Hibberd For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Music for Life: a model for reflective practice

Linda Rose, Hilary de Martino, Gill Yentis, Pat Virji and Padraic Garrett have all been involved in Music for Life projects with Jewish Care. Here, each gives their perspective on the exciting potential for staff development through this creative work.Author/s: Linda Rose, Hilary de Martino, Gill Yentis, Pat Virji, Padraic Garrett For the full article … Read more

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

We need less managing, more inspiring leadership

David Sheard describes Dementia Care Matters’ approach, Inspiring, a compelling vision for leaders in dementia care with practical guidance through a 50 point Action ChecklistAuthor/s: David Sheard For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.