Personal qualities necessary to care for people with dementia
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Personal qualities necessary to care for people with dementia

David Pulsford Former senior lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England
Joy Duxbury Professor of mental health nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England
Bernie Carter Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England

Carers of people with dementia should embrace the philosophy of person-centred care and understand that social and psychological aspects of care are as important as physical care. This article discusses a three-component model that identifies the personal qualities that carers should ideally possess to deliver person-centred care to people with dementia. These qualities are empathy with the person, person-centred attitudes and a compassionate approach. The intention is that these will induce a state of cognitive security in people with dementia and enhance their sense of wellbeing. The article defines each of the personal qualities and details their component parts. It explores why person-centred care can often be difficult to achieve in practice, as well as the role of education in its promotion.

Nursing Standard. 30, 37, 38-44. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.37.38.s40


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Received: 17 February 2016

Accepted: 26 February 2016

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