Person-centered care for people with dementia
Chapter 2 3 minutes
Person-centered care for dementia means that in addition to good physical care, attention is given to people continuing to engage in positive interactions and experiencing well-being in their lives.
It is proven that a person-focused approach to care helps people with dementia to function better for longer. Research has shown that the positive impact is not just limited to residents with dementia, but also the well-being of family members and care providers. The result is an improvement in the overall quality of care.
The process of undertaking a True Doors project, the presence of the True Doors themselves and the interactions that can happen thereafter, all support the delivery of person-centered care. True doors help ensure a personalised living environment in care facilities where residents’ identities are central.
If an assisted living facility aims to achieve person-centred care with a True Doors project, as much as possible, they ask residents to choose the decals.
When care providers work together with relatives and the person with dementia to find the most suitable door, they learn more about and strengthen relationships with residents.
The more that care providers know about the background (history, personality, likes and dislikes) of residents, the more genuinely personalized care they can provide.
In stark contrast to previously sterile and anonymous hallways, when the True Doors are in place residents tend to recognise their front doors, find their way more easily and consequently feel more at home.
Privacy and sense of safety
With True Doors in place, it is less likely that people will walk into the wrong room. There is a greater chance that others will knock before they come in. The result is more privacy and a greater sense of safety.
True doors can stimulate reminiscence
A door from the past or a similar looking decal from our extensive collection motivates people to tell stories about their past. A simple tool to help strike up a conversation.
Social interaction is stimulated
True doors are a piece of everyday art. People often talk about, enjoy and are proud of their True Doors.
Learn more about person-centered care
This touching video by Dementia Action Alliance shows the lives of 5 people living with dementia and how person-centered care helps them to live meaningful lives.