Constructing life stories of persons living with dementia: Fostering staff-family collaboration in residential aged care

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Title Constructing life stories of persons living with dementia: Fostering staff-family collaboration in residential aged care
Author Kellett, Ursula Marie; Moyle, Wendy; McAllister, Margaret; King, Christopher
Publication Title Geriaction National Conference 2007 - Caring for the Aged in all Contexts: Models, Myths and Magic
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Geriaction
Abstract The Family Biography Workshop (FBW) is a process through which staff, family members and friends of the person with dementia living in a residential facility develop stories of their residents' lives. The stories aim to help staff develop a better, more deeply felt understanding of the lives of residents, persons who can no longer tell their own story themselves. This paper describes the process of the FBW and discusses the outcomes of a partnership project between Griffith University, Research Centre for Clinical Practice Innovation and Spiritus Care Services, Brisbane. It suggests ways of using elements of the process to: introduce staff to information and experiences which help them to more richly appreciate the unique person for whom they are providing dementia care; provide a foundation for conversations and ways of relating wherein family take up a position of unique expertise and which acknowledges and balances the expertise held by staff; encourage the building of positive staff-family relationships that will improve care outcomes; and construct life story narratives to supplement the medical diagnosis, nursing care plans, and regulatory rules which dominate the landscape of conversation in long-term dementia care.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Conference name Geriaction National Conference
Location Brisbane
Date From 2007-10-11
Date To 2007-10-12
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17546
Date Accessioned 2008-02-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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