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This is me

Starting conversations about the future is an important step in caring for and supporting someone with dementia. It can be helpful to document this information at an early stage. Having things written down means that they won’t get forgotten and that you can review and change things as necessary.

One useful tool which can help to plan for the future for someone living with dementia is ‘This is me’, a document produced by the Alzheimer’s Society.

‘This is me’ supports person-centred care for people living with any type of dementia. You can write down important information about the person you support. This will help others to provide personalised care and maintain identity and dignity for the person. It is suitable for people living at home, living in care homes or who are admitted to hospital. It can help everyone supporting the person with dementia to understand their needs and preferences.

If it is possible, working through this with the person you support will help you both to feel confident you are taking steps to ensure their needs will be well met. If the person living with dementia is not able to communicate their wishes, you may also find it helpful to work through this document with others who know the person well.

‘This is me’ helps you to think about what health and social care professionals need to know to provide good care. You can provide information on their personality; routines; preferences; and background, including important people, events and places. You can also include a photograph too.

There is clear guidance included to help you complete your document. We have completed an example of the form to give you some idea of how to fill it in.

You can download a free copy of This is me.

We hope you feel inspired to complete this form for yourself. You could do this with the person you support or with someone else you trust or work together.

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This article is from the free online course:

Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses

Newcastle University