Supporting staff to care for people with dementia who experience distress reactions
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Supporting staff to care for people with dementia who experience distress reactions

Victoria Elliot Principal care consultant (research and innovation), The Orders of St John Care Trust, Wellingore, Lincolnshire
Angelena Williams Lead My Home Life Admiral nurse, The Orders of St John Care Trust, Witney, Oxfordshire
Julienne Meyer Professor of nursing: care for older people and executive director, My Home Life programme, City University, London

Admiral nurses are helping care home staff to understand residents’ behaviour and adopt a relationship-centred culture, say Victoria Elliot and colleagues

This article outlines the development of distress reaction training in a large care home charity, provided by directly employed My Home Life Admiral nurses, who are mental health nurses specialising in dementia. Reference is made to the limitations of a person-centred approach to care, and the importance of relationship-centred care, which underpins the My Home Life social movement for quality improvement in care homes.

The authors argue that relationship-centred care is a more helpful approach to improve the lived experience and wellbeing of residents, relatives and staff. Potentially, it might also help to address high staff turnover in the care home sector.

Nursing Older People. 26, 7, 22-26. doi: 10.7748/nop.26.7.22.e616

Correspondence

v.elliot@osjct.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 June 2014

Accepted: 23 July 2014