Implementing culture change in long-term dementia care settings
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Implementing culture change in long-term dementia care settings

Jessica McGreevy Dementia Care Trainer, Four Seasons Health Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The approach to nursing in long-term care settings for people living with dementia continues to evolve from a traditional, task-oriented culture to one that is person-centred. Such change can be difficult to manage and may encounter considerable opposition; having an understanding of change management and leadership styles may help to make this transition easier. This article discusses the differences between task-oriented and person-centred care, theories of management, motivation and leadership styles, and focuses on those that are most appropriate for this type of change. An improved understanding of these theories will enable nurses to support others in the delivery of person-centred care.

Nursing Standard. 30, 19,44-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.19.44.s43

Correspondence

jessica.mcgreevy@fshc.co.uk

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Received: 28 September 2014

Accepted: 19 January 2015