Care practices should aim to support the highest possible quality of life for the individual and around the world, the principles of person-centred care have been written into policy documents, training courses, vision statements and other guiding documents with the aim of doing exactly that - supporting the highest possible quality of life for people with dementia. This topic examines the evidence underpinning quality care and support of people with dementia and how such evidence translates into practice. Key concepts examined include personhood, being person-centred, authentic relationships, life story work, responsive behaviour and the interactive nature of engagement and well-being. The topic will also address aspects of supporting family carers and the person with dementia in acute, community and residential aged care settings. Students will develop skills relevant to effective communication, providing carer support, assessing unmet need, and enhancing well-being.
This topic aims to introduce students to the contemporary issues in relation to supporting people with dementia across various settings. There is a particular emphasis on evidence-based, culturally responsive person-centred living and developing critical thinking and skills for enhancing well-being in people with dementia.