Resource: Supported decision-making
This handbook focuses on how to support and help people living to dementia to make decisions about their lives. It is designed as a guide for people living with dementia, their family members, supporters and the broader community.
The handbook is drawn from a number of interviews with people living with dementia, their family members and professionals and has been reviewed by people living with dementia and their family members. It includes practical tips and suggestion as well as a step-by-step approach to put supported decision-making into practice.
Part of the research investigated the policies and procedures of aged care providers. How well do they enable care recipients to maintain involvement in decision-making, particularly when there is a diagnosis of dementia? This is relevant in areas like lifestyle activities, advance care planning and consumer-directed care. Based on this research, an evidence-based, practically-focussed policy guidelines document has been developed. The document includes a self-assessment audit tool, interactive case study for staff discussion, and a number of guiding principles for policy development.
Visit the University of Sydney website to access the handbook and policy document, as well as other resources (including a webinar series).
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