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Person-Centred Dementia Care: Making Services Better

by Dawn Brooker Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 160 pages
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The term person centred care has been widely used, misused and ill defined. It is used frequently in the aims and objectives for dementia care services and provision, although in practice what lies behind the rhetoric can be questionable. This book gives fresh definition to the important ideas behind and the implementation of person centred care for people with dementia.

Dawn Brooker explains the four key elements of person centred care that comprise what she calls the VIPS model: Valuing people with dementia and those who care for them (V); treating people as Individuals (I); looking at the world from the Perspective of the person with dementia (P); and a positive Social environment in which the person living with dementia can experience relative well being (S). With an emphasis on practical application, Person Centred Dementia Care provides care organisations with clear, accessible guidelines on how to put the VIPS model into operation for effective care that is ‘fit for VIPs’.

This will be essential reading for practitioners working with and policy makers responsible for people with dementia at all levels.

Part 1: Unpacking What We Mean by Person-Centred Care.
1. What is Person-Centred Care?
2. Valuing People.
3. Individualised Care.
4. Personal Perspectives.
5. Social Environment.
6. Care in Context.
Part 2: The VIPS Framework.
The VIPS Framework: Person-Centred Care for People with Dementia.
Subject index.
Author index.

Professor Brooker's book is a welcome and fitting tribute to the outstanding legacy of her late colleague and mentor, Tom Kitwood, and the continuing pioneering work of the Bradford Dementia Group. For such a small book it certainly packs a punch and is both informative and thought-provoking. It is easy to follow and clearly written, and gives the reader definitions of the important ideas behind patient-centred care, and their implementation in the care of people with dementia... This book is essential reading and comes highly recommended for anybody working with people with dementia and their carers, including policy makers, professionals and service providers at all levels.
Dawn Brooker is Strategic Lead Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) at the Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford. She has twenty years’ academic and clinical experience of working in the field of dementia, during which her particular research interest has been the improvement of quality of life and of services for people with dementia.