Don’t panic- this is not a mathematical equation!
There is so much going on for the person with dementia, cognitively, psychologically and emotionally that it can be difficult for caregivers to connect and understand exactly what their needs are. Kitwood put forward a dementia equation to help caregivers understand the person and how they are expressing their various needs through their behaviour.
Can we make this interactive. Instead of the text below explaining each of the letters in the equation, the user can click on ‘P’ for example and a box with the explanation will pop up?
P- Personality- how does the person react to different situations?
B- Biography- what makes the person who they are, likes, dislikes etc.
H- Health- what’s the person’s general health like?
NI- Neurological impairment – what’s the person’s level of neurological impairment?
SP- Social psychology- is there anything in the person’s environment that might be causing stress and anxiety?