At Luxurycare, our homes, Aranlaw House and Seabourne House have introduced the Dr Gemma Jones ‘behavioural staging’ model for meeting the needs of older people with dementia and this is possibly quite different to the methods used in many care homes.
Based on the simple assumption that every behaviour has meaning we try to understand what someone maybe trying to tell us through their behaviour. This assumption is consistent through our lives from child hood, through the terrible teens into adult hood. A baby crying or a teenager acting are significant behaviours that all have meaning.
We use the ‘Validation’ method, a practical approach based on knowledge about and empathy for the progressively isolating experience of people with dementia. This emphasises communication techniques based upon whichever stage the person with dementia has reached.