'You've got to keep account of heads all the time': staff perceptions of caring for people with dementia

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Title 'You've got to keep account of heads all the time': staff perceptions of caring for people with dementia
Author Stockwell-Smith, Gillian; Jones, Cindy Jingwen; Moyle, Wendy
Journal Name Journal of Research in Nursing
Editor Ann McMahon and Julienne Meyer
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Research aim: Little is known regarding the pressures of working within dementia care units, as the majority of literature has focused broadly on long-term care rather than the provision of specialised dementia care. This study aimed to explore the perceptions of staff in relation to their capacity to manage behaviour and care needs of people with dementia living within the dementia-specific environment. Individual interviews were conducted with 35 care staff from three dementia care units in Brisbane, Australia. Major findings: Four themes were identified: role definition, relationships, workplace environment, and workforce issues. Although the findings highlight the importance of peer support for staff when managing difficult situations, questions regarding the quality of peer support and its impact on care provision were raised. Conclusions: Dementia units are complex systems with well-motivated and educated staff contributing to the effectiveness of the care. An understanding of care staff, perceptions of their role and its effects on care practices can help to identify appropriate support structures and training strategies, thereby improving job satisfaction for staff and quality of life for the residents with dementia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744987111414535
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 5
Page from 400
Page to 412
ISSN 1744-9871
Date Accessioned 2011-11-15
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41835
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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