Dementia and the person-centred care approach
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Dementia and the person-centred care approach

Jessica McGreevy Dementia care trainer, Four Seasons Health Care

Jessica McGreevy explores the viability of applying person-centred care to people with dementia to go beyond a purely biomedical approach and maximise their wellbeing

Approaches to care that focus solely on biomedical needs are still rife in dementia; however, a person-centred approach is emerging that focuses on ‘seeing the person’. This article explores the literature on person-centred dementia care to determine if it is an ideal rather than a reality. The background to the development of person-centred care is presented with reference to policies in place in the UK. Using the setting of long-term care, the journey of people with dementia is explored at diagnosis, living well and end of life.

Nursing Older People. 27, 8, 27-31. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.8.27.e713


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 April 2015

Accepted: 25 June 2015