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“Material Citizenship, a new approach to dementia care, uses objects used to carry out tasks (such as a mobile phone or curling tongs) as a mechanism for improving the care experience for care home staff and people living with dementia in care homes. It does so by:
- Encouraging care home staff to include personal possessions in care plans
- Support use of personal possessions to maintain routines and rituals
- Enable people living with dementia to carry out everyday tasks, supporting them to the live the life they want to live
According to one care home manager, taking a Material Citizenship approach has transformed how they provide care.
They have seen an improvement in the wellbeing of residents and increased confidence in staff who attended the training. Care home staff are now supporting people living with dementia to engage in meaningful activities such as delivering newspapers, baking bread and polishing their own rooms – with the polish they like. It has also had a more fundamental impact on the care practices of a care home. In one care home the manager gave an example of how it has changed the culture in the care home. Prior to introducing Material Citizenship catering staff worked certain times of the day and food was restricted to set meal times. This has changed and catering staff are now available to support residents in meal choices and meal times that suit them. It was also reported that prior to Material Citizenship, time restrictions of when people should leave the care home and return to the care home were in place. Residents no longer need to be back at certain times, they have more freedom to come and go as they wish, something noted by an external healthcare professional as being wonderful.”
Click here to see Dr Kellyn Lee (Visiting Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton) explain how it works
For more information on Material Citizenship contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A free to attend, half-day session, on how to move from thinking about doing research to taking your first steps in getting support, dedicated time and funding to actually do it.
The workshop will cover:
- Routes into research
- What makes a good research question
- Establishing the evidence-gap: libraries, literature searches & reviews
- Finding a good supervisor
- An introduction to patient & public involvement
- Finding training and funding to develop research ideas
- Sources of other support for undertaking research
- Taking first steps in research
Who should attend?
This event is relevant to health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners who are thinking about research.
Whilst much of what will be presented and discussed will be of general use, the Q&A panels will be regionally based, and will consist of people with specific knowledge concerning training, funding and other support available in South Central (including Wessex), East Midlands and East of England. If you are unsure of where you are, see below:
- South Central: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight
- East Midlands: Derbyshire. Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland
- East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
What to expect on the course
- Time and Date: 09:00–14:00 on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022. There will be optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30 in the afternoon.
- Venue: Online
- Content: Presentations and Q&A panels
Enquiries to: email@example.com
- Please note that places at this event are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first-come – first-served’ basis.
- If you are booking a one-to-one session, following confirmation of your place, you will be asked to complete a very brief summary about your research idea prior to the event.
The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert advice and support on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies. To find out about your local RDS, go to https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/support/research-design-service.htm
This event is being run by RDS South Central. If you are based in the South Central region of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) and would like to request free advice and support directly from RDS South Central, please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form.
This month, Foothold (IET Benevolent fund) are delighted to be joined by BPS chartered psychologist and dementia care researcher Dr Kellyn Lee for 2 special webinars.
If you’re currently caring for someone with dementia, these expert webinars will help you cope with the extraordinary challenges dementia can bring, whilst improving the wellbeing of the people you care for.
May 19th 12:00 – 13:00
PART 1: Understanding the importance of everyday objects in dementia care – Material Citizenship
May 20th 12:00 – 13:00
PART 2: Supporting the wellbeing of families of people with dementia through the We Care – Dementia Care programme
Find out more in Dr Kellyn’s brand-new blog
To book your place on one or both of these free webinars click here
‘Title: Engaging care home residents in research: identification of barriers and facilitators and the development of an intervention to support residents in decision-making and advance planning for research (ENGAGE)
Start date: October 2021
Application deadline: 23 August 2021
For details on this studentship and the application form click here.
Dr Vicky Shepherd, Research Fellow at Cardiff University is one of the supervisors on this project and is happy to have an informal chat and answer any questions. Her email address is: ShepherdVL1@cardiff.ac.uk
Foundations in Dementia
” A free online course for six weeks, starting 1 February 2021
Gain expert knowledge and skills to care for individuals living with dementia.
You will learn to understand people with dementia and to care appropriately as a professional or family supporter.
You will explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.
Spanning six topics from prevention and diagnosis to end of life care, the course also offers insights from recent research.”
To register for this event click here