Person-centred care for people with dementia: Kitwood reconsidered

There is a plethora of literature on person-centred care and its
importance in health care. The principles of person-centred care
are especially important for people living with dementia because
of the clinical manifestations of the disease. This course intends
to provide care professionals and therapists with an overview of the work of Tom Kitwood and how it pertains to providing best practice in dementia care.
Various person-centred theories have been developed. However,
Kitwood’s work is by far the most widely referred to in dementia care.
An understanding of Kitwood’s ideas, in particular those of malignant
social psychology and positive person work, enables care workers and therapists to develop competence in delivering optimum person-centred care to people with dementia in clinical practice.

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