Using risk management to promote person-centred dementia care
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Using risk management to promote person-centred dementia care

Charlotte Clarke Head of school, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Ruth Mantle Dementia nurse consultant, NHS Highland, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland

Risk management for people with dementia has traditionally focused on preventing physical harm. However, research has demonstrated that focusing on the physical safety of people with dementia may result in their social and psychological wellbeing being overlooked – the very aspects that are necessary to achieve person-centred care. This article discusses the main challenges for practitioners caring for people with dementia in various settings, and encourages a care approach which enables appropriate risk taking as a way of promoting person-centred care.

Nursing Standard. 30, 28,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.28.41.s47

Correspondence

Charlotte.Clarke@ed.ac.uk

Peer review

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Received: 06 February 2015

Accepted: 13 August 2015