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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Advancing Person Centred Mgt in Dementia Care
Module Code NS568
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Kate IrvingOffice NumberH245F
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to manage the care of individuals with dementia and their family/carers. It covers the spectrum of dementia from early to advanced stages of the disease and is relevant to those working in the community, acute care and long term care and are in regular contact with people with dementia and their families/carers. This course offers a blended learning expereince with two full days in DCU at the start of the module and 12 weeks on-line education. We use the modern on-line learning techniques including interactive video simulation, discussion forums and quizzes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate a number of theoretical approaches to dementia.
2. Evaluate the role of Irish agencies in the provision of dementia services to individuals /families.
3. Complete a comprehensive assessment of an individual with dementia.
4. Examine the relationship of people with dementia, to their family, health professional and social care workers.
5. Evaluate psycho-social interventions that promote well-being in people with dementia and their carers across the spectrum of dementia from mild to advanced stages.
6. Analyse the students role in promoting a sense of personhood in people with dementia within a range of settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6No Description
Seminars3Student led presentations
Group work5Facilitated group discussions in class
Directed learning30Clinical inquiry
Independent Study186Student self directed learning
Online activity20Discussion forum
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


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.

Scope of care incorporating approaches towards person-centred and family centred nursing.

Physical/body care to people with dementia.

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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Kitwood, T: 1997, Dementia Reconsidered: The person comes first, Open University Press, London, 0335198554
  • Trevor Adams and Jill Manthorpe: 200, Dementia care, Arnold, London,
Other Resources

312, Website, Alzheimers Society of Ireland, 2010, www.alzheimer.ie, 313, Website, National Council for Ageing and Older People, 2009, www.ncaop.ie, 314, Government Paper, Department of health and Children, 2000, Primary Care: A new direction, 315, Government Paper, Department of Health and Children, 2006, A Vision for Change, Dublin, Dublin Stationary Office,
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