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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

Module Title Person-Centred Approaches to Dementia Care 1
Module Code NS568
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Online Module Resources

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 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;
2. Analyse the role of the healthcare professional in implementing different strategies that promote a sense of personhood;
3. Evaluate the current provision of dementia care in Ireland and the role of different agencies in relationship to present health care policy;
4. Enhance skills in the assessment of people with dementia and their carers within different clinical settings;
5. Demonstrate the effective use of communication skills that will promote personhood in people with dementia and allow their views and opinions to be heard;
6. Demonstrate effective use of psycho-social interventions that will promote the well-being of people with dementia and their carers;
7. Critically review how ethical care may be achieved in people with dementia and how dignity is maintained.
8. 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 wellbeing

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,
  • Kitwood, T. & Bredin, K.: 1992, Person to Person: Guide to the Care of Those with Failing Mental Powers, Gale Centre Publications,
Other Resources

0, Website, Alzheimers Society of Ireland, 2010, Alzheimers Society of Ireland website, www.alzheimer.ie, 0, Website, National Council for Ageing and Older People, 2009, National Council for Ageing and Older People website, www.ncaop.ie, 27792, Government Paper, Department of health and Children, 2000, Primary Care: A new direction, 27793, Government Paper, Department of Health and Children, 2006, A Vision for Change, Dublin, Dublin Stationary Office, 27809, Website, Health Service Executive, 0, Dementia Understand Together website, http://www.understandtogether.ie/, 27810, Website, Trinity College Dublin, 2013, Freedem Films, http://freedemliving.com/, 27811, Paper, Genio Learning Paper, 0, Person-centred care in the community, https://www.genio.ie/our-impact/research-evidence/person-centred-care-dementia,
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