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A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care


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Introduction. 1. Supporting Identity. 2. Supporting Memory. 3. Supporting Relationships. 4. Supporting Physical Health. 5. Supporting Self Expression. 6. Support for when a person seems confused. 7. Support for mental and emotional wellbeing. 8. Supporting independence. 9. Support for end of life connections. 10. Session planning. Planning activities, Reflecting on practice, Risk assessments. Appendix 1: Advanced Care Plan. Appendix 2: Activities Plan. Appendix 3: Risk Assessment.

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A wealth of creative, alternative activities proven to help support and communicate with people with mid-to-late stage dementia

About the Author

Karrie Marshall has a background in nursing and person-centred counselling. She managed a care home for people with profound and complex needs, and worked for ten years as a lecturer in health and social care at Inverness College. In 2011 she founded the social enterprise Creativity in Care (, which promotes inclusive and joyful work in care settings and in the community for people living with dementia and people who use mental health and learning disability services. She is also the author of Puppetry in Dementia Care: Connecting through Creativity and Joy, also published by JKP. Karrie lives in Inverness, Scotland.


This book offers a different perspective in caring for those with dementia. Through a creative approach the author shows how it is possible to make connections and build relationships, with and without words. The process is described step-by-step, making it a valuable resource for anyone involved or interested in this field of work. -- Julie Simmons, Adult Learning Strategy Officer, High Life Highland, Inverness
A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care is a valuable resource for caregivers. You'll learn important tips for connecting and better communication with someone who has dementia. The book is inspirational, practical, and educational. It demonstrates how creative communications in caregiving can support the well-being of people with dementia. -- Berna Huebner, Founder and Director, Hilgos Foundation
As a person with dementia I know many of my peers will lose the ability to verbally communicate, but that does not mean we lose our intelligence. It is pleasing to know that the importance of non-verbal language is highlighted in this book. Ignorance, social isolation and boredom are issues we face. But by following the great advice in this book you will have the necessary toolkit to give people every opportunity to communicate and take part in worthwhile physical and mental activities that will bring hours of enjoyment for the person with dementia and, just as importantly, you the carer. -- Tommy Dunne, person living with dementia
Each person's experience of dementia is unique. This book, based on many years of first-hand experience, will help us all to find our own unique way to use creative approaches in caring. It will be an invaluable resource to support and inform our work. -- Keith Walker, Executive Director, Befrienders Highland Ltd
This book is outstanding-worth buying, worth borrowing from the library, worth reading carefully. -- Bob Kahn * Bob's Books *

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