How do we meaningfully assimilate family carer knowledge into the process of dementia care?

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Title How do we meaningfully assimilate family carer knowledge into the process of dementia care?
Author Kellett, Ursula Marie; Moyle, Wendy; McAllister, Margaret; King, Christopher
Publication Title The Power is Now: Moving on Dementia
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher Alzheimer's Australia
Abstract Whilst family care-giving research and policy literature has burgeoned since the mid 1980's what continues to bedevil and confound the field of practice is how to meaningfully assimilate family carers expert knowledge into the process of care. In particular, few studies consider practically how to blend knowledge and skills acquisition where the interplay of the family carer, practitioners and person with dementia form the foundation of care practice and equal attention is paid to each partner in the process of understanding and clinical decision-making. This paper presents the findings of a biographical study in a residential aged care setting, that aimed to facilitate and improve relations between the family carer, practitioner and person with dementia, translate family biography into dementia care interactions, and examine the challenges of addressing the need for participatory care whilst complementing service philosophy, framework and workforce structures.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Conference name 13th Alzheimer's Australia Conference
Location Adelaide
Date From 2009-06-02
Date To 2009-06-05
Date Accessioned 2009-06-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; 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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