Validation versus Medication

At Luxurycare, our Care Homes, have introduced the Dr Gemma Jones ‘behavioural staging’ model for meeting the needs of older people with memory difficulties or dementia. This is possibly quite different to the methods used in many care homes. Here, you will find a brief guide to help you understand the guiding principles behind what we are trying to achieve. The diagrams and information contained in this document are based on Gemma Jones’ training course, ‘Communication and Care-giving in Dementia: A Positive Vision’.

Dr Gemma M.M. Jones is a freelance educator about care-giving in dementia issues and a consultant on the design of specialist dementia care facilities, a guest lecturer in psycho-geriatrics at the Hague University, and a founding member of the first Alzheimer Café in the UK, in Farnborough, Hampshire. Gemma Jones has a background in cell biology, gerontology and nursing; she qualified as a Validation Therapist in 1985.

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She is a member of the workgroup for the Nuffield Council, currently examining ethical issues related to dementia. Her interests involve making a link between visuo-perceptual deficits in Alzheimer type dementia and finding the best ways to provide accurate and useful information about dementing illnesses.

She has taught extensively in the Netherlands, UK and Canada; publishing over 40 articles. With Dr. Bere ML Miesen she has co-edited volumes 1-4 of Care-giving in Dementia and translated Dementia in Close up, to help identify a knowledge base for supporting the professionalization of dementia care.

Behavioural Staging.

At Luxurycare, our Care Homes, have introduced the Dr Gemma Jones ‘behavioural staging’ model for meeting the needs of older people with memory difficulties or dementia. This is possibly quite different to the methods used in many care homes. Here, you will find a brief guide to help you understand the guiding principles behind what we are trying to achieve. The diagrams and information contained in this document are based on Gemma Jones’ training course, ‘Communication and Care-giving in Dementia: A Positive Vision’.