Using life story work to enhance care
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Using life story work to enhance care

Rachel Thompson Dementia project lead, Royal College of Nursing, London

Rachel Thompson describes how staff can be supported to implement and sustain biographical approaches with clients

Life story work has been promoted as a tool to enhance the care provided to older people, particularly those with dementia. The benefits for individuals, families and/or friends and for staff include improving understanding of the individual, promoting relationships and assisting in the delivery of person-centred care. However, professionals often experience difficulties using life story work.

This article considers a range of life story tools and advice on gathering information about a person. It highlights the importance of leadership and developing positive cultures to ensure that life story work can be effectively sustained.

Nursing Older People. 23, 8, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/nop2011.10.23.8.16.c8713

Correspondence

rachel.thompson@rcn.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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