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People with dementia: the Ferrard approach to care

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
79p.,illus.
Place of publication:
London

Provides a descriptive commentary on the innovative care regime practised at Ferrard House, a regime offering a continuum of carefully networked multi-disciplinary value driven care.

Journal article

Life story work in practice: aiming for enduring change

Authors:
GIBSON Faith, CARSON Yvonne
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 18(3), May 2010, pp.20-22.
Publisher:
Hawker

Life story work is a recognised methodology used to preserve identity, enhance communication and enrich wellbeing for older people, especially those who have dementia. This article reports on a training and development project designed to establish life story work through dementia care services in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Between November 2008 and May 2009, a trust-wide project was introduced to establish life story work in all its residential and day care facilities serving people with dementia. This account describes the first phase of the project, exploring the outcomes and implications of this innovation for staff carers and their managers, as well as raising issues concerned with establishing innovatory practice. Training was undertaken by 29 staff from 15 facilities, and comprised 4 half-day training sessions provided by Reminiscence Network Northern Ireland. Over 6 months, 29 books were prepared, and in general the process was much enjoyed and participants were extremely proud of their books. This article discusses commitment from managers; the life story book template; training and practice development; feedback from staff; obstacles and distractions; participants’ responses; celebrating the project; follow up; and achieving enduring change.

Journal article

Reminiscence groupwork with older people

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Journal article citation:
Groupwork, 5(3), 1992, pp.28-40.
Publisher:
Whiting and Birch

Summaries the outcomes from a project involving a large number of small time-limited formed reminiscence groups in residential and day care facilities and discusses the implications of the findings for skilled groupwork practice.

Book

The reminiscence trainer's pack

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
128p., transparencies
Place of publication:
London

Reminiscence can enrich relationships and enhance caring. The pack aims to equip trainers in a variety of settings, sectors and service agencies primarily concerned with older people. The training is designed to introduce reminiscence workers to the theory and practice, and topics include:  what is reminiscence?; individuals and small groups work; working with people from different cultures; working with people with dementia; and working with people with hearing, sight and speech difficulties.

Journal article

Unmasking dementia

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.10.98, 1998, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Creativity, be it musical, dramatic or artistic, can be a rewarding therapeutic outlet for people with dementia. Reports on the power of expression.

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Older people and computers

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Journal article citation:
New Technology in the Human Services, 10(1), 1997, pp.18-22.
Publisher:
Centre for Human Service Technology

Discusses the findings of the 'New Tricks' project based at the University of Ulster. The project demonstrated that interest, aptitude and successful skill acquisition in successful cohorts of older students who are taught to accomplish a variety of computing tasks personally significant to them. Goes on to review two other projects Ages Active Age Older People and New Technology Network. Also discusses the negative implications of the restricted access which older people have to computer technology.

Journal article

Responding to the needs of rural carers

Authors:
GIBSON Faith, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 4(2), March 1996, pp.15-17.
Publisher:
Hawker

The authors argue when planning day care in rural areas standard urban solutions are unlikely to lead to the best service. Responsiveness to local needs and carers' personal circumstances are crucial. Reports on the Rural Action on Dementia project in Northern Ireland.

Book

An evaluative study of group reminiscence: proceedings of a seminar, 25 November 1987

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Publisher:
Northern Ireland. Department of Health and Social Services
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
45p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Belfast

An evaluation of five short-life small reminiscence groups which met for a total of 159 one to one and a half hour weekly sessions over a period of one year in four residential homes and two day centres.

Book

Reminiscence and recall: a practical guide to reminiscence work

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
304p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
3rd

The handbook includes advice on planning and doing successful reminiscence work with people of all ages, individually or in groups, in residential or community settings. It will help readers to develop the attitudes, knowledge, understanding and skills needed to encourage people to value themselves by valuing their pasts. This book also includes new material on intergenerational work, reminiscence with terminally ill and bereaved children and adults, working with minority ethnic elders, building partnerships with libraries, museums and community arts organisations, promoting social inclusion through reminiscence, and staff training. Other topics include: working with people with sensory and learning disabilities, with dementia, and those who are depressed or terminally ill.

Book

The past in the present: using reminiscence in health and social care

Author:
GIBSON Faith
Publisher:
Health Professions Press
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
336p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Baltimore, MD

This book elucidates how reminiscence can be used as a dynamic tool for staff development, improving the delivery of care by and skills of direct care staff. The author combines theory and practical approaches to help clients ensure life satisfaction and successful aging whether working with them individually, as a couple, or in a small group. The text shows how people with dementia can benefit from using reminiscence.

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