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NU7813 Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

Unit 1:

  • Understand and critically discuss the complexity and ongoing nature of multi-disciplinary assessment for persons with dementia

Unit 2:

  • Critically discuss the opportunities and challenges in supporting health and well-being for persons with dementia
  • Identify and critically debate the ways in which person-centred care for persons with dementia can be upheld

Unit 3:

  • Identify and critically discuss a range of person-centred communication strategies, which can be utilised when communicating with a person with dementia

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

This module was developed to enable students to understand the nature, complexity and components of dementia assessment, diagnosis and care planning. The principles underpinning the assessment and management of care for persons with dementia will be explored using a range of theoretical perspectives, to enable students from a variety of disciplines to strengthen and improve their practice. The aims of the module are to:

  • To develop students’ critical understanding of the nature and process of assessment and diagnostic issues and the need for appropriate referral (including persons with intellectual disabilities)
  • To develop students’ critical awareness of a variety of approaches to the planning and management of care for and with the person with dementia
  • To enable students to develop the requisite skills with which to effectively communicate with the person with dementia and address behaviour that challenges

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Aylward E., Burt D., Thorpe L., Lai F., & Dalton A. (1995) Diagnosis of dementia in individuals with Intellectual disability. American Association on Mental Retardation, Washington.
  • May H., Edwards P. & Brooker D. (2009) Enriched Care Planning for People with Dementia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Goldsmith M. (1996) Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia; Opportunities and Obstacles, Jessica Kingsley, London.
  • James I. (2011) Understanding Behavior in Dementia that Challenges. A Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Janicki M.P. & Dalton A.J. (1999). Dementia, Ageing, and Intellectual Disabilities. Taylor & Francis, USA.
  • Jewell A. (2011) Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Silverstein N. & Maslow K. (2006) Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia Springer Publishing Co., New York.
  • Wilcock G., Bucks R., & Rockwood K. (1999) Diagnosis and management of dementia: A manual for memory disorders teams. Oxford Medical Publications, Oxford.
  • Young T., Manthorpe C. & Howells D. (2010) Communication and Dementia. New Perspectives, New Approaches. Aresta, UK.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.