What constitutes ‘good’ home care for people with dementia? An investigation of the views of home care service recipients and providers
Our objective was to explore what people receiving and providing care consider to be ‘good’ in-home care for people living with dementia.
Consensus was reached across all groups on five themes considered as important for good in-home dementia care: 1) Home care workers’ understanding of dementia and its impact; 2) Home care workers’ demonstrating person-centred care and empathy in their care relationship with their client; 3) Good relationships and communication between care worker, person with dementia and family carers; 4) Home care workers’ knowing positive practical strategies for changed behaviours; 5) Effective workplace policies and workforce culture. The results contributed to the co-design of a dementia specific training program for home care workers.