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.c8713Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
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