May 01, 2014

Journal of Dementia Care March/April 2014

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing

News highlights p. 6-10

  • Undernutrition is being overlooked – Alzheimer’s Disease International report
  • JCD asks – What do you think about CQC’s (Care Quality Commission) plans to change the way it inspects and regulates adult social care  

CQC: new initiatives in dementia care

Jo Bell gives an update on the Care Quality Commission’s work in relation to people living with dementia
p. 11 

Mentoring for carers

Raymond Smith and Nan Greenwood report on a survey that aimed to establish how volunteer mentoring schemes are offering support to carers of people with dementia
p. 12-13 

Enabling risk: a person-centred approach in practice

Angela Pointon and Michelle Dunne report on efforts to put risk enablement into practice with people with dementia, which began by developing documentation that can support good decision-making processes
p. 14-15 

‘I will tell you something of my own’

Helen Gregory describes an innovative project that brought together the arts and social sciences to tackle questions of stigma and personhood for people with dementia.
p. 16-17 

Walking side by side

Kieron Hegarty, Emma Achermann and Andrea Evans report on the gains for younger people with dementia of being involved in a memory clinic’s weekly walking group.
p. 18-19 

Dementia training at scale: the London model

Buz Loveday and Jen Watt report on a major project that sought to raise dementia awareness and improve dementia care across 27 acute NHS Trusts in London – and has now gone on to be offered in community and mental health services too
p. 20-23 

Exploring grief and loss

There was a huge buzz of excitement in the workshop for carers on ‘Exploring grief and loss: sharing our true feelings’, which took place on the final morning of UK Dementia Congress 2013.  Lucy Whatman discusses some of the themes that emerged.
p. 24-26 

Adult safeguarding and dementia

John Beer reports on campaigns by Action on Elder Abuse and in particular the support offered through its Safeguarding Practitioners Network
p. 26-27 

Namaste Care: the benefits and the challenges

Amanda Thompsell, Min Stacpoole and Jo Hockley report on their experience of implementing the Namaste Care programme in south London care homes
p. 28-30 

Teaching communication: the CARDS programme

Julia Wood, Ledia Alushi and  John Hammond report on an innovative programme that teaches undergraduate students about communication with people with dementia – and then gives them the opportunity to put their learning into practice in care homes
p. 31-33 

Dementia care nursing research in the UK

Ben Hicks and Professor Anthea Innes, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI), report on the DeNDRoN Dementia Care Nursing Research Scoping Exercise
p. 34 


Many of these papers appear in the Journal Dementia which the library subscribes to and can provide full text

  • Hope and connection in long-term care
  • Employment – experiences of developing dementia while still in employment
  • Understanding dementia – interviews with spouses of people with dementia
  • Doll therapy
  • Creating ‘musical communities’ in care homes
  • Reminiscence  - qualitative study of family caregivers attending reminiscence group with people with dementia
  • Carer’s sleep
  • Dementia Care Matting
  • Timely diagnosis
  • Evidence-based training


The library holds copies of both these books for loan

Personalisation and dementia: a guide for person-centred practice

By Helen Sanderson and Gill Bailey
This book builds on Helen Sanderson Associates’ earlier publications about personalisation and explains how its range of ‘person-centred thinking’ resources – one-page profiles, relationship circles, communication charts, decision-making agreements, person-centred reviews and more – can be put into practice by anyone involved in care planning with people with dementia. 

Pupperty in dementia: connecting through creativity and joy   

By Karrie Marshall
This book covers many rich areas of application of puppets in dementia care including: ‘Communicating beyond words’, ‘Singing puppets’, ‘The world of bed theatre’ and ‘Incorporating creativity into daily practice’.This book is so much more than a book about puppetry and deserves to have a much wider audience than just those interested in the creative arts.


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