Supporting People Living With Dementia To Live Good Lives

Supporting people living with dementia to live good lives

Published: 01/09/2021

Author: Research in Practice

To support World Alzheimer’s Day and World Alzheimer’s Month we have brought together learning resources to support working with people living with dementia.

Practitioners in adult social care have an important role in ensuring that people living with dementia and the people close to them receive support in order to lead good lives. Recent Research in Practice learning resources focus on key topics to support you, these include mental capacity, human rights and supporting people living with dementia.

Learning resources to support people living with dementia to live good lives

People living with dementia

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Enabling people with dementia to lead research: Webinar

Drawing on the Dementia Enquirers Project, this webinar enables people to hear from George Rook about:

  • The research messages coming out of the Dementia Enquirers Project.
  • The main challenges and impact of being in the driving seat of research.
  • What practitioners and local authority commissioners can do to involve people.

The webinar also supports people to:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of people living with dementia leading their own research.
  • Identify co-produced resources to support practitioners to engage people with dementia in research and or service design.
  • Understand what the Dementia Enquirers hope to achieve in terms of social care and practice challenges.

This webinar will be open-access until 30 September.

Use and efficacy of technology-based interventions for adults – Research Summary

People across adult social care have been adapting to living and working in new and different ways, including the use of technology to provide support and increase our feelings of connection. Innovative health and social care responses to the COVID-19 crisis have been seen throughout the world, and here in the UK, to work with people in our communities.

These research summaries focus on the use and efficacy of technology-based interventions for adults living with dementia and their carers, for adults who have an intellectual disability who are experiencing anxiety or depression, and to better work with or mitigate against feelings of loneliness.

The summaries will be open-access until 30 September.

Supporting confident social work practice with people living with dementia

The supporting confident social work practice with people living with dementia webinar introduces open-access tools and resources to support professionals. The website features case studies, practice guidance and professional development materials that draw on evidence from people’s lived experiences.

Ageing well

Ageing Well Evidence Review CROP

The recent Ageing well – building a system to meet the needs of the next generation of older adults: Evidence Review aims to mobilise people to build an adult social care system that is better equipped to meet the needs of the next generation of adults. It considers key issues such as the changing definition and meaning of ‘ageing well’ in today’s society, the diversifying needs, strengths and aspirations of the next generation of older adults, as well as how issues of structural inequalities shape people’s lives as they grow older and the choices they make.

Human rights

Human Rights Principles CROP

The Human Rights and adult social care film with George Rook from Innovations in Dementia looks at how we can make real rights for people living with dementia. He considers human rights and how health and social care professionals can provide the right level of support to enable people living with dementia to live well.

The film will be open-access until 30 September.

Mental capacity

Mental Capacity

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out people’s rights in relation to decision making, as well as the responsibilities of people supporting those who lack capacity. The recent Mental Capacity Act 2005 decision-making – care, support and treatment: Practice Tool provides information about the legislative context alongside practice examples and tools that can be used by practitioners when working with people who may lack capacity. The open-access What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide also provides an easy read version for people accessing services.

People Living With Dementia

Learning to support working with people living with dementia

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