Community Care

“Making the best of what we have”: The lived experiences of community psychiatric nurses, day centre managers and social workers supporting clients with dementia attending a generic day care service

Laird, E.A., McGurk, P., Reid, B. and Ryan, A.
International Journal of Older People Nursing.
2017
Laird et al. (2017) explored the experiences and perspectives of community psychiatric nurses, day centre managers and social workers on supporting clients with and without dementia in a generic day care service.
Themes to emerge from the data are grouped under five key headings: easing the transition to day care, proactively managing supervision and complexity of need, sustaining the person and family carer, making the best of what we have and encountering a need for change. Participants were committed to an integrated care model with an emphasis on fostering relationships. In some locations the service is provided in a shared community space and participants felt this had a positive effect on community perceptions of ageing and dementia. Location and transport were found to impact on equitable provision of service. The study affirms the important contribution generic services can make but highlights the need for a flexible, responsive approach.