Dementia Care Mapping
Dementia Care Mapping often referred to as DCM, was developed by the late Tom Kitwood and it is a set of observational tools that have been used in formal dementia care settings since 1991 in over 30 countries.
Dementia Care Mapping is both a tool and a process, the tool provides observations of a group of residents and coding frames to score their behaviors. The process is the use of DCM as a driver for the development of person centred practice; including careful preparation of staff and management, feedback of results on a map, action planning by the staff team on the basis of this feedback, the monitoring of progress over time, and the cycle of remapping.
DCM can help your organization identify the quality of Person Centred care practice and overall environment you’re delivering to your clients.
"Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they're all individuals and they're all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level."
The delivery of a formal report and a feedback session to leadership and staff will provide tools and validate approaches to providing the best quality of care for your clients. Themes within the report will identify training needs for staff development, and when used as a process to gauge person centred care metrics, regular dementia care mapping sessions can monitor quality assurance.
We also, if desired, will lead staff teams in an action planning session in which we help to develop clear, concise action plans to help promote positive work environments and ensure that staff more fully understand the needs of the client and in turn, staff feel more fulfilled and successful in their employment.
What is entailed in a DCM Process?