The Arts In Dementia Care Education: A developmental study

Zeilig, Hannah, Poland, Fiona ORCID:, Fox, Chris ORCID: and Killick, John (2015) The Arts In Dementia Care Education: A developmental study. Journal of Public Mental Health, 14 (1). pp. 18-23. ISSN 2042-8731

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline the first stage of an innovative developmental study addressing the educational and emotional needs of dementia care home staff using arts-based materials. Design/methodology/approach – The arts workshop was developed using a mixed methods approach. This included ethnographic observation within a dementia care home, in-depth interviews with senior care home managers, a thematic analysis of focus groups and the development of a comic. At all stages, the multi-disciplinary project team collaborated closely with the care home staff. A comprehensive literature review of the policy, practice and academic background to dementia workforce education provided a contextual framework for the study. Perspectives from the medical humanities informed the project. Findings – Despite the high prevalence of people living with dementia in care homes, there is a lack of appropriate training for the workforce that provides their care. This study found that an arts-based workshop offering an interactive mode of education was an effective way to engage this workforce. The workshop empowered participants to recognise their skills and focus on person-centred care; reflecting current recommendations for dementia care. Research limitations/implications – The workshop was delivered in a single dementia care home and therefore findings may not be generalisable. In addition, the management did not take a direct part in the delivery of the workshop and therefore their views are not included in this study. Practical implications – The arts-based approach can offer a means of engaging the dementia care workforce in education linked to their experience of caring. Originality/value – The paper identifies the gap in relevant education for the dementia care workforce and outlines one possible way of addressing this gap using the arts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: workshop,care home,arts,comic,dementia care workforce
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 12:12
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 23:58
DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-06-2014-0028

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