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Creating relationships with persons with moderate to severe dementia
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 12, no 1, 63-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study describes how relationships are created with persons with moderate to severe dementia. The material comprises 24 video sequences of Relational Time (RT) sessions, 24 interviews with persons with dementia and eight interviews with professional caregivers. The study method was Constructivist Grounded Theory. The categories of 'Assigning time', 'Establishing security and trust' and 'Communicating equality' were strategies for arriving at the core category, 'Opening up', which was the process that led to creating relationships. Both parties had to contribute to create a relationship; the professional caregiver controlled the process, but the person with dementia permitted the caregiver's overtures and opened up, thus making the relationship possible. Interpersonal relationships are significant to enhancing the well-being of persons with dementia. Small measures like RT that do not require major resources can open paths to creating relationships.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 12, no 1, 63-79 p.
Keyword [en]
dementia, relationship, relational time, well-being
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108529DOI: 10.1177/1471301211418161ISI: 000343754900006PubMedID: 24336663OAI: diva2:730763
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-11-28Bibliographically approved

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