A person centered approach changes how we understand and respond to challenging behaviors in dementia person centered care looks at behaviors as a way for the person with dementia to communicate his needs and it understands that figuring out what unmet need is causing the behaviors is the key. The person centred approach was developed in the uk by professor thomas kitwood a pioneer in the field of dementia care in the 1980s and has since received worldwide recognition and praise 2 person centred care has been shown in studies to reduce agitation and aggression in people with dementia. Person centred care is even more important in dementia care where people may be unable to communicate what is really bothering them if you wanted to know a better person centred response to the first situation would have been to check with family members or other carers to see what helped sally sleep. Person centred approaches to dementia care featured article 12 october 2016 pamela holmes scie practice development manager providing good dementia care is based having a good relationship with the person with the diagnosis. Person centred care helps to ensure people with dementia can take part in the things they enjoy it can be an effective way of preventing and managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
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