Walking in another’s shoes: Encouraging person-centred care through an experiential education programme
This publication outlines how a systematic education programme has been used with residential care workers to enhance person-centred dementia care.
Susan Gee, Maria Scott and Matthew Croucher – Canterbury District Health Board
About the publication
Person-centred care, which focuses on the individual living with dementia and their needs and preferences, has been called the ‘gold-standard’ for residential care for people with dementia (Evardsson, Fetherstonhaugh, McAuliffe, Nay, & Chenco, 2011). Staff training is unanimously seen as one of the keys to ensuring such high standards of care (Ballard, O’Brien, James, & Swann, 2001).
The aim of person-centred education moves beyond simply imparting knowledge to encouraging a paradigm shift to person-centred care in attitudes and practice. It follows that the training methods must similarly move beyond traditional didactic methods to student-centred adult learning, integrating reflection and experience.
Walking in another’s shoes uses this approach to enhance dementia care among the dementia care workforce.
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