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The critical importance of adopting a ‘personhood lens’ in reframing support and care for those with dementia


Goldberg, LR and Price, AD and Becker, SE and Bindoff, A, The critical importance of adopting a personhood lens' in reframing support and care for those with dementia, Dementia as Social Experience: Valuing Life and Care, Routledge, G Macdonald and J Mears (ed), United States, pp. 159-173. ISBN 9780815374572 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781351241816-9


It is essential that people with dementia are afforded dignity and respect, and engaged socially for optimal support and care. This goal, that values and supports personhood, is not easily translated into practice. This chapter focuses on heightening awareness of the importance of providing person-centred, socially-engaged and dignity-preserving care and discusses the experiences and shared insights of 346 students enrolled in a unit in the online Bachelor of Dementia Care programme offered through the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. This focus enabled students to learn about and reflect with a ‘personhood lens’, building on their prior knowledge and experience. Further, this focus provided a theoretical framework through which students were able to enact person-centred values across care settings and contribute to the social reframing of dementia.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:dementia, person-centred care, relationship-centred care, aged care, younger onset dementia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
UTAS Author:Price, AD (Miss Andrea Price)
UTAS Author:Becker, SE (Mrs Susanne Becker)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, A (Mr Aidan Bindoff)
ID Code:130939
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2019-02-20
Last Modified:2019-04-02

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