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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds I’ve known Jack for about four years now. He came to us from another care home. He was mobile at the time, so he used to walk about the unit. He loves music and stuff, so when we walked past, we used to have a little sing-song with him. So he’s been in care about 4 and 1/2 years. He’s been with us for probably about 3 and 1/2 years. And his previous care placement couldn’t manage his change in needs, and so he came to a specialist dementia nursing unit. When he came, he was mobile. His family were really engaging, and they were understanding. They’d had a lot of education around dementia and knew what to expect.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds And he didn’t always like to wear his shoes. And they understood that. Other family members didn’t. And he’d go in other people’s rooms and things. Or people would go into his room, and he’d make friends with people. And his family really, really understood that. His behaviour changed a little bit. It became challenging. So we’d done care and comfort plans to support the needs and the change in needs and recognised when there’s deficits in parts of his care needs, what we needed to put in place in order to make him feel better and for his emotional and physical well-being.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds He is a person who is larger than life. He has been a very sociable man throughout his life, very community spirited, very family oriented. And we still see some of those elements of his personality.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds He really loves music. He’s always loved music. He used to be a choirboy when he was I think three years old in Edinburgh. And he’s sung all his life. He used to go to a community choir that I used to take him to until he went into the care home a few years ago. So playing music– so I play music when I come in to visit. I’m on my phone, so like organ music, hymns that he used to like, Scottish music. But there’s also a CD player in his room, so the staff put music on for him.

Skip to 2 minutes and 8 seconds Particularly maybe if he’s being changed for example and he doesn’t like that, it can be a source of comfort to have that music on.

Meet Jack

In this video we meet Jack. We will be following Jack’s story through the course.

His story is a powerful one which illustrates how planning for care and comfort is an important part of supporting and caring for people with dementia as the illness progresses.

During the course we will explore some difficult conversations, some of which can be emotive, particularly around planning for the later stages of dementia. We encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings in comments and discussions, being respectful of other learners, whose experiences may be very different from your own.

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As you work through the steps in this course you will meet a range of family carers, and healthcare professionals. Have a look at their biographies in the See Also section below to find out more about them.

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Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses

Newcastle University