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Following admission to a care home, family and friends may feel uncertain as to how they now ‘fit in’ to their loved one’s life. This training package, comprising a booklet and DVD, is designed to encourage family participation in the care home and develop a constructive partnership between staff in care homes, families and people with dementia.

The DVD and booklet provide material for four separate training sessions for use by mixed groups of relatives and care home staff. Each session explores a different theme: sharing information, sharing the care, developing supportive relationships and making it work. With a clear and flexible layout, group exercises and notes for the facilitator, this training package will enable professionals and relatives to develop positive and fulfilling ways of working together and improve the level of care for those with dementia.

This practical training package complements the book Involving Families in Care Homes: A Relationship-Centred Approach to Dementia Care (Woods, Keady & Seddon) and will be an essential resource for improving relationships between care home professionals, family members and residents with dementia.


Dementia, Wendy Moyle, Professor and Deputy Director, RCCCPI
This title of this DVD sounded promising and, as I was expecting, the DVD contains a competent and clear training package suitable for staff of all levels and families of people with dementia living in care homes. The 30-minute DVD aims to help staff and families to understand how to form partnerships in care and to work together to benefit all parties. The content clearly demonstrates the benefits of care partnerships to families, staff and people with dementia... The strengths of the DVD include the involvement of "real staff and family" and the apparent real life scenarios and non-scripted situations. However, the real strength is the booklet that accompanies the DVD. The booklet outlines how to use the DVD within a group situation, the role of the group facilitator and provides two exercises for each session that can be used by staff or family separately, or in groups. If you are looking for a staff training resource that provides practical information and exercises I strongly recommend this DVD.
Ageing and Society
Both the book and the film with its training package are valuable spurs to care homes to review their politics and implement enlightened change.

University of Bradford Dementia Good Practice Guides