November 13, 2015

"journal of dementia care" vol 23 no 4 2015



 Dementia Detectives: busting the myths

Pages: 12+13

The article describes the one-hour dementia awareness programme developed for secondary schools. It aims to foster a positive attitude towards those living with dementia and to encourage young people to play an active role in ensuring that they live in a dementia friendly community.
tips include:
have everything ready
do not use jargon
be sensitive to signs of embarrassment ...


Connecting Communities: sharing the learning

Pages: 14+15

The article reports on the Alzheimer’s Society’s Connecting Communities project to increase dementia awareness within Black and minority ethnic communities in London boroughs, with special emphasis on celebrating volunteers.
includes information on connecting with local mosque...


Adaptive clothing to help with vital personal care

Pages: 16+17

A challenging behaviour team developed ways of adapting people’s own clothes for ease of dressing and undressing, especially helpful where, despite person-centred interventions, individuals remain resistant to personal care. includes  tips on removing soiled clothing - the approach had made a big difference by reducing the duration of interventions and associated distress ..


Lived experience at the centre of learning

Pages: 18+19

The involvement of people in decision-making relating to their care and support is essential and people with dementia are no exception. In health and social care education and training, the perspectives and aspirations of people with dementia are discussed, but there is less evidence that they and their carers are involved as direct contributors to educational initiatives. This is a discussion paper on how to provide an answer to this lack.


Forget me not: group support for younger people with dementia

Pages: 20+21

Since its launch nearly two years ago, the Forget-me-not Social Group for people with young onset dementia has come to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment where people living with YOD can meet to discuss issues, share ideas, arrange events and activities, and have fun with their partners, carers, and family.


Safeguarding emotions really matters in dementia care by David Sheard

Pages: 22-25

Safeguarding practice is all too often risk averse and detrimental to people’s well-being. The rigorous climate of safeguarding has led to many complex dilemmas in its practice and implementation. Often social workers and care managers with a responsibility for it are accused of being over-zealous and applying old culture dementia care concepts to safeguarding practice.
looks at the dichotomy in safeguarding and the failings of safeguarding, the new safeguarding culture , and safeguarding emotions ...


What makes an outstanding dementia care home?

Pages: 26+27

In the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new approach, people’s experience of care and support will form the basis of ratings awarded. For the CQC, the safety of people is paramount, covering safeguarding, medication, staffing and recruitment.


Assessing mental capacity to consent to sexual relations

Pages: 30+31

Clinicians may be asked to assess the mental capacity to consent to sexual relations of an individual with dementia. The article summarises the relevant legal rulings as a guide for clinicians and investigates the grey areas around 'touching'....


Exploring the experience of the dementia caregiver

Pages: 32-34

A report on a study that aimed to gain insights into carers’ experiences, identify gaps in their knowledge of dementia, understanding of advanced dementia and also to explore the role of community services in supporting families, and make recommendations for improving care.

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