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Person centred dementia care- IN PROGRESS

Person Centred Care

Person centred care was first mentioned in the works of Carl Rodgers, in 1960s Edith Balint described it as ‘understanding the patient as a unique human being’ and in 1988, Tom Kitwood first used the term to distinguish a  type of care approach from more medical approaches to dementia (Fazio et al., 2018) . It has been frequently described in the literature and has acquired a few additional descriptions too including ‘relationship centred care and patient centred care’. Basically person centred care places the person at the centre of everything.

The person centred care approach which was pioneered by Tom Kitwood in the early 1990’s, is now widely accepted as best practice in dementia care (Downs, 2015, Downs, 2013).