Individualising Care

It may sound obvious, but we should adapt how we approach patients and what we suggest for them, according to their individual problems, values, preferences and circumstances.

However, it is all too easy to presume that all people with dementia are the same, to stigmatise their condition and disregard or overlook their retained abilities. Care planning needs to reflect patients' strengths and needs and be reviewed regularly.

Details of the patient’s life history and preferences will need to be sought from family carers. Personal profile documents such as the ‘This is Me’ document are useful to capture this information.