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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Advancing Person Centred Mang.dementia Care
Module Code NS568
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Kate IrvingOffice NumberH245F
Level 1 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • To critically evaluate person-centred care of people with dementia and their carers and to enable nurses to develop skills that enhances personhood and well-being

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate different theoretical approaches towards dementia such as those relating to  dementia as a disease, a behaviour, a disability or a human experience and the implications they have upon practice.
  • Analyse the role of the nurse in implementing different strategies that promote a sense of personhood in people with dementia within a range of clinical settings.
  • Evaluate the current provision of dementia care in Ireland and the role of different agencies in relationship to present health care policy.
  • Enhance skills in the assessment of people with dementia and their carers within different clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of communication skills that will promote personhood in people with dementia and allow their views and opinions to be heard.
  • Demonstrate effective use of psycho-social interventions that will promote the well-being of people with dementia and their carers.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship of people with dementia, to their family, and health and social care workers through their journey through dementia and how it may contribute to their well-being.
  • Critically review how ethical nursing care may be achieved in people with dementia and how dignity is maintained.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 15
Tutorials 20
Seminars 7
Independent Learning Time 108

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
  • Physiological and theoretical approaches towards people with dementia and their care.
  • Local, national and international strategies, policies and guidelines towards the provision of care to people with dementia and their informal carers.
  • Health promotion strategies that will help people with dementia and their carers cope through their journey with dementia.
  • People’s accounts of dementia and arising behaviours.
  • Living with dementia the individual, their carers and the community (transitions through their journey with dementia), the impact of therapeutic interventions on the person, financial supports and entitlements, community support services (voluntary and statutory), primary carer and family supports.
  • Scope of care incorporating approaches towards person-centred and family centred nursing.
  • Physical/body care to people with dementia.
  • Nurses impact on quality of life issues (e.g. well-being, hopefulness, self esteem and confidence, exclusion, isolation), empowering the person to live with dementia taking full account of their health beliefs, utilisation of complementary and alternative therapies.
  • Supporting and supervising practitioners within dementia care settings.
  • Special groups with dementia; younger people, people with an intellectual disability, people who are from marginalised ethnic groups, and people who are gay.
  •  Research awareness and evidence-based practice within dementia care.
  • Values and the promotion of dignity within ethical dementia care practice. 
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List:

  • International Journal of Older People Nursing
    Journal of Gerontological Nursing
    Journal of Dementia Care
  • Books
  • Adams, T. (ed) (2008) Dementia Care Nursing; promoting the well-being of people with dementia and their families. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Adams, T and Manthorpe J. (eds) (2003) Dementia Care. Arnold, London.
  • Brooker, D. (2001) Person-centred care: making services better. Jessica Kingsley Publications, London.
  • Hughes, J. C. (2006) Dementia: mind, meaning and the person. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Hughes, J. C. and Baldwin, C. (2006) Ethical Issues in dementia care: making difficult decisions. Jessica Kingsley Publications, London. 
  • Kitwood, T (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: The person comes first. Open University Press, London.
  • Kitwood, T and Benson S (Eds) (1995) The New Culture of Dementia Care. Hawker Publications, London.
  • Small, N. Froggart, K. and Downs, M. (2007) Living and Dying with Dementia: dialogues about palliative care. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 

Government/Professional Publications

  • Department of Health and Children (2001) Primary Care: A New Direction. Stationery Office. Dublin.
  • Department of Health and Children (2000) The National Health Promotion Strategy 2000/2005. Stationery Office, Dublin.
  • Department of Health and Children (2001) Quality and Fairness: A health system for you. Dublin: Stationery Office.
  • An Bord Altranais (2000) Scope of practice for nursing and midwifery framework. Dublin: An Bord Altranais
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (2007) Implementing Policy for Dementia Care in Ireland: The time for action is now.  By Professor Eamon O’Shea.



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