Pat Dromey’s mother suffers from dementia and sometimes it’s kinder to go along with her version of reality. Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan examines the use of therapeutic lying in dementia care in the context of a new report, Therapeutic Lying and Approaches to Dementia Care in Ireland
Communication with families is also paramount in determining what’s best for residents’ wellbeing. And relatives are encouraged to personalise bedrooms to create a sense of home.
Fairfield operates the Butterfly model of care, which focuses on creating a family-like atmosphere, dividing the home into domestic scale, recognisable houses each with its own small sitting room. Residents are “matched” so that those in the early stages of dementia are in a different grouping to those at an advanced stage. This is designed to give residents the best chance to thrive and to allow staff provide specialist skills to different groups.
Before this model was introduced, “people would be banging on doors, shouting and roaring, wanting to go home”, Maeve says, but now they have a better chance of doing well.