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Building on strengths

Published 26 June 2003

The Alzheimer's Society has launched a new guide for dementia care services entitled 'Building on Strengths'; which will make implementing care planning for people with dementia much easier.

'Building on Strengths' is a unique guide that enables care workers to create and use a simple but structured care plan and risk assessment relevant to all care settings. The guide is packed full of practical information and forms designed for easy photocopying. The methods used support care staff as they really get to know the person with dementia and enables them to achieve good quality individual care that builds on their strengths and abilities.

Produced in response to requests for help and also drawing on the expertise that exists within the Society, the manual is divided into two sections - care planning and risk assessment - two of the most important aspects of providing a quality care service but particularly challenging in dementia care.

The manual includes ready-to-use forms and worked examples and can be used as a stand-alone tool or added to existing care planning systems.

Jane Bell, deputy chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society said:

'Good care planning based on the strengths of the individual has been increasingly recognised as a crucial part of providing a high quality dementia care service. We hope that our new specific care planning tool will enable care professionals in any field to really focus on the individual behind the dementia. Our priority in producing this toolkit was to make dementia care planning simple but comprehensive and give people a practical resource they can include in their everyday work.'

Building on Strengths costs £69.99. This includes a one-off copyright fee that gives permission to photocopy all the forms in the pack for use within the care setting.

Notes for editors

  • The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.
  • Over 700,000 people in the UK have dementia. More than half have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65 and one in five over the age of 80.
  • There are 18,500 people in the UK under the age of 65 with dementia.
  • For information and advice on Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia call the Alzheimer's Society national helpline on 0845 300 0336.
  • The Alzheimer's Society is a member of the Right to Care campaign, which campaigns to get all nursing and personal care free at the point of use.
  • Our website address is: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/