Jakki Whitehead, an experienced care professional, is training to become one of dementia care’s ‘beacons of excellence’ – an Admiral Nurse. This blog follows her journey from day one.
I’m now awaiting an interview and presentation with Dementia UK, the next step in becoming an Admiral Nurse.
One of the reasons I am so passionate about this journey is the emphasis we at Springhill Care Group place on person-centred care, and I want to write a little about why.
I have been in mental health practice for 30 years, working as a ward-based nurse then as a community psychiatric nurse, and finally as a dementia specialist nurse and service manager for people with dementia.
My training background was very much based on both people and relationships, and working in a care home is ideal for carrying out this type of work.
Person-centred care encourages people to see the person not the disease, creating a positive care environment. We use a special model of care for people with dementia, taking into account factors including neurological impairment, health, personality, biography and social environment to assist the resident.
Relationship-centred care focuses on people with dementia, the family carer and care home carer. It takes into account factors including security (feeling safer), belonging (feeling part of a group and maintaining relationships) and achievement (reaching valued goals).
This is all about creating the right environment. If people with dementia, their family carers and staff are helped to understand someone’s process of dementia, and their input is valued and encouraged they, in turn, will value and encourage the person with dementia.
During my journey to becoming an Admiral Nurse I will be supported by Springhill Care Group’s management, and helped to grow professionally through supervision and best practice.
I’m looking forward to developing a new kind of dementia care environment, supporting staff and relatives and enhancing the well-being of the most important people – those living with dementia.
I look forward to sharing more with you as I learn.
By Jakki Whitehead, Service Manager for People with Dementia, Riversway Nursing Home
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