CLEAR dementia care

Judgements about people living with dementia happen all the time, their life story can be lost and their behavior can be defined by their diagnosis.

Behavioural and Psychological symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) may occur in up to 85% of people living with dementia and can include verbal and physical aggression, agitation and sexually disinhibited behavior. Our behavior is generally driven by attempts to cope with the daily challenges of meeting and communicating our needs and this is no different for people living with dementia. Failure to understand the behaviour can result in unnecessary breakdown in placement, unnecessary admission to hospital and increased distress for the person with dementia.

CLEAR Dementia Care © is a new assessment and treatment method, devised in the Northern Trust. It aims to help carers to understand dementia from the perspective of the whole person with their unique life story. When carers understand the whole story from the perspective of the person they can find ways to reduce distress. The outcome is better care and enhanced quality of life for the person with dementia.

The training programme has been very highly evaluated. Participants report increased knowledge about dementia, how to effectively communicate with a person with dementia and how many factors, including life story, help us to understand behaviour.

It is currently being used in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Devon Partnership NHS Trust. NHSCT staff also presented at Dementia Congress in Scotland earlier in April 2017.

Dementia Together NI have now offered to fund NHSCT staff to deliver training to all Trusts in NI. This means CLEAR Dementia Care © will be the regional model for work with individuals presenting with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia which is in keeping with Bengoa recommendations.

Feedback from service user's family:
“I got my dad back again”

For more information contact the Dementia Home Support Team on (028) 9441 6500.

Page last updated:04 May 2017