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Dementia: Improving Quality of Life

Dementia: Improving Quality of Life.

Papers presented at a Leveson seminar
Leveson Paper 6

This collection of papers should be of interest to anyone caring for older people living with dementia, especially if they are concerned about their quality of life.

Three of the papers were presented at a Leveson Centre seminar held on 25 February 2003. In the first Kate Read, Director of Dementia Plus, gives an overview of the nature of dementia, the ways it manifests itself and in particular looks at how an understanding of the person can make a difference to the quality of care. Jill Phillips, who until recently was home manager of one of MHA Care Groups' specialist home for people living with dementia, follows this with practical hands-on examples of this approach.

Margaret Anne Tibbs' paper is based on the research she carried out at MHA Care Group as part of a Bradford Dementia Group team which resulted in the report A special Kind of Care. In it she considers the important issue of communication with people with dementia and explores ways in which faith survives or fails to survive under this assault on the self.

An additional paper written by Alison Johnson, the Centre Consultant, paints a picture of a care home where residents, staff, relatives and members of the wider community together live life to the full. They come to the beginning of each day with eager anticipation and to the end of the day with a sense of achievement and satisfaction. The publication concludes with a bibliography suggesting further reading in the field of dementia and spirituality.

Dementia: Improving Quality of Life (Leveson Paper 6)
Papers presented at a Leveson seminar

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