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Experiences in care homes are “far from person-centred”

Person-centred care in care home set­tings intends to help minimise the risk of negative, unfair, or harmful treatment and neglect. However, the experiences of peo­ple living with dementia residing in care homes can be far from person-centred.

That is the conclusion of a new report, published for World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 (September 21).

The report, Introducing material citizenship to dementia care, is published in World Alzheimer Report 2022: Life after diagnosis: Navigating treatment, care and support.

Offering care home advice, the report concludes that management of care homes is filled with complexity. Author and founder and CEO WISER Health and Social Care Dr Kellyn Lee explained: “On the one hand, care homes are driven by regulatory concerns for the safety of residents, while on the other hand, there are demands from advocacy groups and policymakers not to lose sight of the person’s agency and free will.”

The report cites the intervention of Material Citizenship, a training method to encourage the rights of autonomy and agency in people with dementia and provide staff with a safety net enabling them to weigh both physical and psychological risk.

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