Posted: May 27, 2014
We’re all thrown in the same boat
Peer support is well established in fields such as the disability movement and mental health and is increasingly recognised as one way of enabling support by and for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their immediate carers. It was central to the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy (NDS) for England (DH 2009), where 40 demonstration sites were established.
Keyes S, Clarke C, Wilkinson H, Alexjuk J, Wilcockson J, Robinson L, Reynolds J, McClelland S, Corner L & Cattan M (2014). "We’re all thrown in the same boat...": A qualitative analysis of peer support in dementia care. Dementia., 10.1177/1471301214529575
Posted: May 29, 2014
Information in dementia care
Providing information is a core focus of policy and practice in dementia care. Information is a vehicle through which people can be enabled or disabled, so it is essential that we ensure that information is available in a way that is accessible and relevant for people with dementia and that it enables personal aspiration and collective identity to be advanced in a way that is to the benefit of those living with dementia. People with dementia need information to support autonomy in making decisions and in acting on those decisions. Information must be provided in a way that is appropriate to the individual and to achieve that requires knowledge of the needs of that individual.
Clarke CL, Alexjuk J and Gibb CE (2011). Information in dementia care: Sense making and a public health direction for the UK? International Journal of Older People Nursing 6(3). pp. 237-243.
Posted: May 29, 2014
The National Evaluation of Peer Support Networks and Dementia Advisers
The findings of the Healthbridge evaluation report into peer support networks and dementia advisers.
Clarke C, Keyes S, Wilkinson H and Alexjuk J (2013). The National Evaluation of Peer Support Networks and Dementia Advisers in implementation of the National Dementia Strategy for England, a Department of Health Policy Research Programme Project.