Person-centred dementia care: a reality check in two nursing homes in Ireland

Person centred approaches to care (PCC) in Ireland are widely accepted at policy and management level. This study aimed to examine the reality of its practice. Colomer & De Vries (2016) took a phenomenological approach to identify the perceptions and experiences of care workers in two nursing homes with a PCC policy. They found that most participants had not received training or education in PCC. They were vague and confused on questions examining their knowledge of PCC. Participants placed high value on training in practice, identifying team work as essential and highlighting the pressures of time and staffing constraints. The study found evidence of implicit knowledge of PCC but participants continued to describe aspects of good care within a task orientated framework. The authors acknowledge that the study is limited by size and recruitment from only 2 homes. However care assistant training in Ireland is standardised so they suggest it reflects issues across Ireland and a need to assess and most likely improve training.
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Person-centred dementia care: a reality check in two nursing homes in Ireland
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2016
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Colomer, J. and de Vries, J., 2016. Person-centred dementia care: a reality check in two nursing homes in Ireland. Dementia, 15(5), pp.1158-1170.