Personal qualities necessary to care for people with dementia

Pulsford, David, Duxbury, Joy and Carter, Bernie (2016) Personal qualities necessary to care for people with dementia. Nursing Standard, 30 (37). pp. 38-44. ISSN 0029-6570 DOI

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Carers of people with dementia need to embrace the philosophy of person-centred care and understand that social and psychological aspects of care are as important as physical care. This article discusses a three-component model relating to the personal qualities that carers should ideally possess to deliver person-centred care to people with dementia. These qualities are empathy with the person, person-centred attitudes and a compassionate approach. It is hoped that they will induce a state of cognitive security in people with dementia and enhance their sense of wellbeing. The article will define each of the personal qualities and detail their components. It will also discuss why person-centred care can often be difficult to achieve in practice, as well as the role of education in its promotion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 09:05

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