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Focus on Strengths

September—October   2010

Focus on their strengths

Person–centred care is founded on the ethic that all human beings are of absolute value and worthy of respect, and even persons with dementia can lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. Critical to understanding person–centred care is in appreciating that this individual has led a meaningful life with many rich life experiences to share, inclusive of their unique personality and network of relationships.

In this context, the personhood of persons with dementia may be enhanced by maintaining a positive, supportive, social environment for these individuals. In this way the person’s positive feelings are enhanced and their remaining strengths are nurtured. The environment is critical in maintaining this independence.


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