#WeStNs - Monday 21st September 2020 8pm (GMT Standard Time) The Emotional Connection (Using the VERA model)

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Background:

The VERA communication model is recognised as good practice when supporting a person who is living with dementia, the model utilises four steps (validation, emotion, reassurance and activity) to support engaging a person who may be presenting as anxious or confused. The model itself can be utilised to support in allowing you to make an emotional connection with the person to support in all aspects of care.

Discussion:

Focussed themes include:

1. Validation – How can we as nurses validate the experiences of a person living with dementia?

2. Emotion – What tools or skills do you feel support us connecting emotionally with the person?

3. Reassurance – Can you think of any other ways we could offer reassurance outside of verbal interaction?

4. Activity – What kind of activity could you engage a person in if you were based on a hospital ward?

5. Can you think of any other examples of communication models focussed on dementia?

Further Reading:

Evaluating the VERA framework for communication https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-standard/evaluating-the-vera-framework-for-communication-ns.30.2.44.e10052

The VERA Framework – caring for patients living with Dementia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craoo582xm0

The Alzheimer’s Society – World Alzheimer’s Day https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/world-alzheimers-day





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 #WeStNs transcript

 
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:00
Good evening everyone and thank you for joining tonight's chat. Could we welcome our special guests @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Please introduce yourselves and try and remember #WeStNs so we can keep track #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/aEmAvfdFw6
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:00
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:01
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi everyone, it’s Natalie, a 3rd year (??) student nurse joining from Scotland. #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:01
Happening now #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1308118807081172993
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:02
RT @VickiG1086: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:02
Hi everyone, Chelsea here, 3rd year student nurse looking forward to tonight's tweetchat ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:02
@VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening Victoria, glad to have you with us #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:02
RT @WeStudentNurse: @VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening Victoria, glad to have you with us #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:02
RT @WeStudentNurse: @VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening Victoria, glad to have you with us #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:02
RT @VickiG1086: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:02
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi nikki here, year 3 Mental health student Nurse from Yorkshire #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:02
RT @nikkilouh: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi nikki here, year 3 Mental health student Nurse from Yorkshire #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:03
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour I’m excited for this chat. I’ve missed the day due to 3rd ur lectures. I want to bring the LD aspect #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:03
RT @nikkilouh: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi nikki here, year 3 Mental health student Nurse from Yorkshire #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:03
@Chelsea_Fawcett Evening Chelsea #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:03
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hia! I'm Lucy just about to start my 3rd year @UniBham_Nursing #WeStNs https://t.co/MSqiXCJVRi
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:04
@nikkilouh @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Evening Nikki, glad to have you with #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:04
It’s starting now come get involved @USWCareSciences #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1308118807081172993
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:04
RT @WeStudentNurse: @nikkilouh @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Evening Nikki, glad to have you with #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:04
RT @lucy_uo: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hia! I'm Lucy just about to start my 3rd year @UniBham_Nursing #WeStNs http…
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:04
RT @lucy_uo: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hia! I'm Lucy just about to start my 3rd year @UniBham_Nursing #WeStNs http…
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:05
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Thank you , lovely to be here #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:05
@VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour What kind of day have we all had? #WeStNs
@laurastunurse
21 September 2020 20:05
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour evening all. My name is Laura and in a 3rd yr(!!!) adult nurse for east yorks #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:05
RT @nikkilouh: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Thank you , lovely to be here #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:05
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi! I’m kirstin a 3rd year adult nursing student from Edinburgh Napier uni! #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:06
RT @WeStudentNurse: @VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour What kind of day have we all had? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:06
@laurastunurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi Laura, glad to have you with us #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:06
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hello! I'm Sam, a second year LD Nurse in Hull #WeStNs https://t.co/6AHrLlgcav
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:07
RT @samkitchen03: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hello! I'm Sam, a second year LD Nurse in Hull #WeStNs https://t.co/6A…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:07
@StnKirstin @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Good evening Kirstin, glad you could join us tonight for #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:07
RT @samkitchen03: @WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hello! I'm Sam, a second year LD Nurse in Hull #WeStNs https://t.co/6A…
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:07
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Wow what a line up?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:08
@samkitchen03 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi Sam, how’s your day been? #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:09
Likewise @viclyons @tommyNtour @AnthonyLongbone #WeStNs ???? https://twitter.com/viclyons/status/1308120838839861255
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:09
@viclyons @VickiG1086 @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi Victoria, so glad to have you with us and it has been wonderful to see the passion today #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:10
Ok, Question 1 Validation - How can we as nurses validate the experiences of a person living with dementia? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/oTHYLeJW9Y
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:10
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour I’ve kept up with tweets looked like it has been a fantastic day. #WeStNs gutted I missed the webinars
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:10
@VickiG1086 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour This afternoon’s is currently in the editors suite and will be available soon #WeStNs
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:11
RT @WeStudentNurse: Ok, Question 1 Validation - How can we as nurses validate the experiences of a person living with dementia? #WeStNs #…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:12
@WeStudentNurse As @tommyNtour said on this afternoon’s webinar, listen to hear, not to respond #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:12
RT @Natalie_StN: @WeStudentNurse As @tommyNtour said on this afternoon’s webinar, listen to hear, not to respond #WeStNs
@HannahHatcliffe
21 September 2020 20:13
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Hi I'm Hannah and I'm a 3rd year mental health nurse in Somerset! #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:13
@WeStudentNurse get to know the person, treat them with dignity and respect, don't presume their experiences if they are from a certain era etc. #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:13
@WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour Also... don’t expect the person with dementia to enter your world. Accept that their world is different and get to know them as people. #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:13
@WeStudentNurse Show that we are listening, give them our full attention and not try to say they have got things wrong #WeStNs
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:13
RT @Natalie_StN: @WeStudentNurse As @tommyNtour said on this afternoon’s webinar, listen to hear, not to respond #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:13
RT @WeStudentNurse: Ok, Question 1 Validation - How can we as nurses validate the experiences of a person living with dementia? #WeStNs #…
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:14
@WeStudentNurse I think listening, and show we're listening i.e. not just sitting with blank expressions #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:14
@WeStudentNurse We can validate their experience by listening and adapting to their needs as their illness progresses. It’s important to remember also that the person comes before the illness, and not the other way around. #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:15
@WeStudentNurse See the person, not the dementia. Don't make assumptions about capacity #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:15
@WeStudentNurse For a person with LD it’s not only important to listen to them but also to family /carers. Also starting Advance care planning for their end of life is important so we know what they what and this promotes dignity and their inclusion #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:15
@Natalie_StN @tommyNtour It’s an important skill, and it was really good to hear Tommy emphasise it for us today #WeStNs
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:15
RT @Rachel_A_: @WeStudentNurse See the person, not the dementia. Don't make assumptions about capacity #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:15
@Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/QYJrrcThOU
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:15
@VickiG1086 @WeStudentNurse Yes definitely. Treat them kindly as you would anyone else #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:15
RT @WeStudentNurse: @Natalie_StN @tommyNtour It’s an important skill, and it was really good to hear Tommy emphasise it for us today #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:16
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour I've had a great day thanks, absolutely loving the amount of things that are online as I feel like I've been really sociable and done loads today but haven't had to get dressed ?? today's #dementia webinars have also been FABULOUS! How has your day been? #WeStNs https://t.co/V2P0OFNFDj
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:16
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:16
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:16
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:17
Biggest focus should be seeing the person, the more we know about them the better we can support #WeStNs https://twitter.com/Rachel_A_/status/1308122589395644418
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:17
@nikkilouh @WeStudentNurse I didn't really think about presuming what their experiences might be. I'm not sure it's something I would do, if want them to lead conversations, but I think it's easy to fall into holes e.g. what were you doing in the war? #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:17
@Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/YKHGflZzcG
@LMcWilliams85
21 September 2020 20:17
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:17
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:18
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:18
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:18
@WeStudentNurse Artificial* plants and places them on the table etc #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:18
@WeStudentNurse Know that you may be experiencing different realities, but that doesn't make someone else's reality or experiences any less real for them #WeStNs https://t.co/AwGJAgVfx5
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 20:18
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 20:18
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:19
Person-centred dementia care in a nutshell #WeStNs https://twitter.com/samkitchen03/status/1308123497659596800
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:20
Question 2 - Emotion What tools or skills do you feel support us in connections emotionally with a person? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/eQXwMBfCkL
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:20
@WeStudentNurse I find the about me books helpful, they can be a way to start a conversation, but we also can't be sure always that the things written in them are things that patients want to talk about #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:20
@WeStudentNurse Which should be in every form of care #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:20
@LMcWilliams85 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Great to have you with us Lizzie #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:20
RT @WeStudentNurse: @LMcWilliams85 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Great to have you with us Lizzie #WeStNs
@JonathanCliffe8
21 September 2020 20:20
@WeStudentNurse See them as a person who has lived a life, listen to their stories/tales and respond like you’ve never heard it before. Involve family members where possible. #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:20
@lucy_uo @WeStudentNurse My friends husband had dementia diagnosed at 52 so it was through a discussion I had with her when a local dementia nursing home had rooms dedicated to 1940's etc and she said what about the 60's/ 70's/80's rooms. #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:20
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 2 - Emotion What tools or skills do you feel support us in connections emotionally with a person? #WeStNs #W…
@viclyons
21 September 2020 20:21
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:21
RT @WeStudentNurse: Person-centred dementia care in a nutshell #WeStNs https://twitter.com/samkitchen03/status/1308123497659596800
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:22
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 2 - Emotion What tools or skills do you feel support us in connections emotionally with a person? #WeStNs #W…
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:22
@WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://youtu.be/c6sm4jOxeQs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:22
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 2 - Emotion What tools or skills do you feel support us in connections emotionally with a person? #WeStNs #W…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:22
Life story books or This Is Me’s can be really helpful for conversation starters provided they’re current #WeStNs https://twitter.com/lucy_uo/status/1308123916897079296
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:22
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@FordeJohnston
21 September 2020 20:22
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 2 - Emotion What tools or skills do you feel support us in connections emotionally with a person? #WeStNs #W…
@JonathanCliffe8
21 September 2020 20:23
@WeStudentNurse Kindness and personalisation. #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:23
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:23
@WeStudentNurse Try to empathise with them and gauge how they are feeling, rather than the words they are saying if they aren't making much sense at the time. If it's clear they are distressed for example, how can you help them to feel more relaxed. #WeStNs
@Mandi42775549
21 September 2020 20:24
@WeStudentNurse @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Evening all, I am mandi a 2nd year adult nursing student #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:24
@WeStudentNurse Eye contact, hold their hand, smile, listen, show compassion; be patient #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:24
@nikkilouh @lucy_uo Good point there about making sure your environments are relevant for those you’re supporting #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:24
@nikkilouh @WeStudentNurse I sometimes wonder what homes will do when I'm older...think I'd be pretty content if they were playing The Libertines, but Call Me Maybe might drive me crazy. Even if a person is from an era you're 'displaying' doesn't mean they all have the same thoughts & experiences #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:24
@WeStudentNurse Time is a tool. Utilising time is a skill. Time can allow trust , rapport and understanding. Most importantly, time well spent leads to connectedness #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:24
@WeStudentNurse music is a nice way to connect emotionally with someone, positive body language, time is important as it can take time for someone to feel safe and secure. #WeStNs
@LMcWilliams85
21 September 2020 20:25
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:25
@lucy_uo @nikkilouh Regular conversation about that, bit of AC/DC on a Wednesday morning #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:25
@nikkilouh @lucy_uo @WeStudentNurse And this is why it needs to be person centred care. Someone with Down syndrome can develop dementia as young as late 30’s #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:25
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 20:25
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@gayle_elder
21 September 2020 20:25
RT @tommyNtour: @Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Ask What Matters. Listen to What Matters. Do What Matters. #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:26
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:26
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@JonathanCliffe8
21 September 2020 20:27
RT @Natalie_StN: “Be a confidence maker, not a confidence breaker” @ALLIANCEScot @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour #WeStNs #Alzheimersday #Wor…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:27
What a powerful tweet... “no-one ever asked” ?? This should never be the case #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tommyntour/status/1308124443697446914
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:27
@WeStudentNurse Appreciate not everyone can or wants to communicate verbally or in words. It can be quite overwhelming to experience emotions in the first place, so give the person time and space to process that. Also what @Natalie_StN repeated, listen to hear, not to respond #WeStNs https://t.co/8BObCew6CT
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:27
RT @Natalie_StN: What a powerful tweet... “no-one ever asked” ?? This should never be the case #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:28
@nikkilouh @lucy_uo Definitely #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:28
@WeStudentNurse 1/2 Listen, respond, instead of being frustrated by behaviour ask why is it happening. One of our lecturers works with care homes and they had a resident who would always get upset at the same time and say she wanted to go home #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:28
@WeStudentNurse @lucy_uo I love Jonny cash and old country bluegrass music . #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:28
Great point- emotions are overwhelming as the best of times. Imagine having dementia at the same time #WeStNs https://twitter.com/samkitchen03/status/1308125692736032768
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:29
@WeStudentNurse Listen, they might be feeling anxiety, fear, listen to what they are trying to communicate with you and try and resolve those feelings. Also, ensure that the family fill in a get to know me, they know their family member better than anyone, it helps us build rapport. #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:29
@samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse @Natalie_StN Yes can use photography’s to connect emotionally with out words. #WeStNs
@learnhospice
21 September 2020 20:29
RT @Natalie_StN: Great point- emotions are overwhelming as the best of times. Imagine having dementia at the same time #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:29
RT @Natalie_StN: What a powerful tweet... “no-one ever asked” ?? This should never be the case #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:30
Question 3 - Reassurance Can you think of any other ways we could offer reassurance outside of verbal interaction? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/G3BAAdI2Lv
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:30
@WeStudentNurse They made the environment to be more like where she had lived, put a sign with the road name on the corridor and a number on the door. It's quite simple but it made them more comfortable #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:30
@viclyons Agreed Victoria, when used correctly they are the building blocks for the care being delivered, they should give us the prompts about what matters and we should adapt as best we can to make that possible #WeStNs Move away from task oriented care
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:31
@WeStudentNurse Therapeutic touch, sing to them their favourite song, make a meal they loved. #WeStNs
@mezzyphillips
21 September 2020 20:31
@WeStudentNurse I looked after my dad who had dementia and know that I treat all people with dementia with using listening skills and trying to connect as much as possible by actively engaging. Person centred care is so important. #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:31
@Feezeemouse My favourite placement so far was on the older persons acute ward. I really enjoyed the therapy sessions a pschiatrist ran, it was upbeat music, ribbons, parachutes, balls etc and always promoted lots of conversations and smiles. #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:31
@WeStudentNurse Depends on each person so you have to use your clinical judgement but using touch, holding someone’s hand for example. Also I don’t know if this counts as verbal interaction but using music that they like cause reassurance. Music is a powerful tool. #WeStNs
@learnhospice
21 September 2020 20:31
@WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay Q2: what a great question! It’s something that we often discuss - so some of our resources at @DementiaUK are based around these questions https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/our-leaflets/
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:31
@lucy_uo That sounds brilliant Lucy, always nice to hear the little things that are being done to improve experiences #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:32
@WeStudentNurse Touch! The benefit of holding hands was put so beautifully in the webinar earlier #WeStNs https://t.co/XrDMYWssWY
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:32
RT @learnhospice: @WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay Q2: what a great question! It’s something that we often discuss…
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:32
@WeStudentNurse Simply staying by their side when they need you the most #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:32
@StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse I was going to say music too! #WeStNs
@learnhospice
21 September 2020 20:33
@WeStudentNurse Q3: therapeutic and personal touch is super important #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay & even more so with #COVID19 PPE restrictions....
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:33
@lucy_uo @WeStudentNurse Love this #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:33
@samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse Always have Spotify ready to use! #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:33
Always important to build a therapeutic relationship with those we are supporting, especially in dementia care #WeStNs https://twitter.com/LMcWilliams85/status/1308126665202176000
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:34
@WeStudentNurse smiles, touch and may be if tolerated by the person things like gravity blankets. #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:34
@samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse I love to sing for my patients , puts my music degree to amazing use #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:34
@WeStudentNurse Depends on the person. But a friendly smile, a touch of a hand, showing you're there, it can be easy to commit time to someone chatty, but that doesn't mean others don't want compamy, even if it's just someone to sit with #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:35
@VickiG1086 @samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse Every time I’ve tried to sing I always get told to be quiet and to stick to my day job! #WeStNs
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 20:35
RT @WeStudentNurse: Biggest focus should be seeing the person, the more we know about them the better we can support #WeStNs
@JonathanCliffe8
21 September 2020 20:35
@WeStudentNurse Attentive, kind smiles. Adjustment of environment to suit individual needs where possible. My grandmother still loves her wordsearch books despite telling me they’ve misprinted the words. I still keep buying them and she continues to compete them. #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:35
RT @learnhospice: @WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay Q2: what a great question! It’s something that we often discuss…
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:35
@StnKirstin @samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse It use to be my day job #WeStNs
@learnhospice
21 September 2020 20:35
@samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay music definitely! See https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/complementary-approaches/music/ and @PlaylistForLife
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:35
RT @WeStudentNurse: Always important to build a therapeutic relationship with those we are supporting, especially in dementia care #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:36
@nikkilouh @WeStudentNurse Never underestimate the power of blankets #WeStNs https://t.co/iLlAqkcm76
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:36
@VickiG1086 @samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse You could put on your own concert! #WeStNs
@learnhospice
21 September 2020 20:36
RT @samkitchen03: @nikkilouh @WeStudentNurse Never underestimate the power of blankets #WeStNs https://t.co/iLlAqkcm76
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:36
@lucy_uo @WeStudentNurse Even sitting there and wiping their teas@rs can create such a strong bond and therapeutic relationship #WeStNs
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 20:36
RT @Natalie_StN: What a powerful tweet... “no-one ever asked” ?? This should never be the case #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:36
@learnhospice @samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse @PlaylistForLife Thanks! I’ll check that out!! #WeStNs
@emkburke
21 September 2020 20:37
RT @WeStudentNurse: Person-centred dementia care in a nutshell #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:37
RT @learnhospice: @samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay music definitely! See https://t.co/RkW…
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:38
@VickiG1086 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse I'm a violinist but feel so self conscious performing in front of people. I need to let that go as it would really benefit people (or just practice more??) #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:38
RT @learnhospice: @samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzDay music definitely! See https://t.co/RkW…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:39
@StnKirstin @VickiG1086 @samkitchen03 She most definitely could Kirstin #WeStNs
@ShuAdultNursing
21 September 2020 20:39
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:39
@samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse I agree people can benefit from music in any form. #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:39
@samkitchen03 @StnKirstin @WeStudentNurse Same. Or changing the environment- is it too bright / dark etc #WeStNs Can we do any thing to make it feel more honey and familiar
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:39
RT @tommyNtour: @WeStudentNurse Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay My mums name was Joan, No-one Ever Asked #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/s4…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:40
Question 4 - Activity What kind of activity could you engage a person in if you were based on a hospital ward? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/qvIKEa1VZz
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:41
@samkitchen03 @VickiG1086 @StnKirstin Same with singing with patients to be honest Sam #WeStNs practice makes perfect though
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:41
@WeStudentNurse I don't have much experience of hospital wards (student LD Nurse) so look forward to reading the answers to this #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:41
@WeStudentNurse My placement area had volunteers come and play card games/ board games. Anything that's safe/ doable #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:42
@WeStudentNurse Anything that makes sense and is safe. Going for a walk, talking, helping them with what they are doing etc. #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
21 September 2020 20:42
RT @WeStudentNurse: Great new resource that's been made available for anybody who has a passion for music #WorldAlzheimersDay #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:42
@WeStudentNurse An activity doesn’t always need to be purposeful it can just be fun. One ward we have in our health board has bars, and chairs with grass under it so they can sit in the park or got to the pub etc #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:42
@WeStudentNurse Some nursing homes join together with nurseries. As someone who worked in a nursery previously I find this interesting. Children often don't think twice about just coming and chatting to someone they don't know, even little kids will just come and give you a hug or a toy #WeStNs
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:43
@WeStudentNurse If the ward had an activity room, some dancing. But usually try and do some puzzles, drawing, jigsaws, audio books I sometimes get some towels etc and we both fold the towels and it keeps us both busy! Usually can engage in a conversation in doing so. #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:43
@WeStudentNurse In an Activity , that Matters you the person That's meaningful to each unique individual Ask about ME Talk to the Dancer #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/yyQPx7kPMC
@StnKirstin
21 September 2020 20:43
@Feezeemouse @WeStudentNurse ABBA is my go too! #WeStNs
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:43
@WeStudentNurse singing, craft activities , afternoon tea, slide shows, audio book club, ward newspaper. The list is endless and would be subject to Risk assessments etc. Activities that will engage them rather than done because it is seen to be done. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:44
@LMcWilliams85 PAT animals are another great resource that can be so helpful and offer reassurance #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:45
@WeStudentNurse Pets visiting a form of pet therapy, schools coming In to interact, choirs etc #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:45
@WeStudentNurse In an Activity , that Matters to the person That's meaningful to each unique individual Ask about ME Talk to the Dancer #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/yyQPx7kPMC
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:45
@LMcWilliams85 @JonathanCliffe8 @WeStudentNurse I've heard about this too. I think it's something about being able to care for someone. I've seen similar with patients who seem to want to look after their carers #WeStNs
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 20:46
@WeStudentNurse In an Activity , that Matters to the person That's meaningful to each unique individual Ask about ME Talk to the Dancer #wmty20 #WeStNs https://t.co/obqg5a33NA
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:46
This image always hits home about seeing the person. Once you understand a person’s history you can create so many magical moments that can hopefully clear the fog for a little while. #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tommyNtour/status/1308129757377241093
@TraceyShorty28
21 September 2020 20:47
RT @WeStudentNurse: Biggest focus should be seeing the person, the more we know about them the better we can support #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:49
@Feezeemouse @WeStudentNurse I use to take my dog where I use to work to help with anxiety build up within an LD setting and it was magical to see #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:50
Question 5 Can you think of any other communication models focused on dementia? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/aXCGYIccYe
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:50
@WeStudentNurse Sometimes I find this difficult. Often the wards I've been on have had very little in way of activities, just books, or those fiddle blanket things (what are they called? I'm sure I know). Might have music on, or try and engage with chat. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:50
@lucy_uo @LMcWilliams85 @JonathanCliffe8 Doll therapy can provide amazing reassurance provided it’s used correctly, there are also cats/dogs that are designed for a similar purpose #WeStNs
@cb1162
21 September 2020 20:51
RT @Natalie_StN: “Be a confidence maker, not a confidence breaker” @ALLIANCEScot @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour #WeStNs #Alzheimersday #Wor…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:53
@lucy_uo It can be hard in some ward environments but it’s always worth checking with family/visitors and see if they are able to organise personal MP3 player or items more relevant provided it appropriate #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:54
@WeStudentNurse I don't know any others, only heard about VERA today ?? #WeStNs
@VickiG1086
21 September 2020 20:54
@Feezeemouse There are therapy horses as well #WeStNs
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 20:54
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 5 Can you think of any other communication models focused on dementia? #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:55
@puncabigail53 @viclyons @Feezeemouse @tommyNtour Thanks for joining us Abbie, you can catch up on tonights chat using #WeStNs we’d welcome your input on the questions
@nikkilouh
21 September 2020 20:55
@WeStudentNurse Active listening , listening without interupting , giving them chance to talk . Person centered comminication is key. #WeStNs
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 20:56
@Chelsea_Fawcett @WeStudentNurse Same! #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:56
@Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse Yes I've seen this too. There was a patient who was distressed, they wouldn't respond to staff, if you tried to touch them they would act like they were in pain, they weren't easy to comfort. I found though that if my mentor did something and I explained they were calmer #WeStNs
@Chelsea_Fawcett
21 September 2020 20:57
@samkitchen03 @WeStudentNurse Will definitely be using it on my next placement though #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
21 September 2020 20:58
@Chelsea_Fawcett @WeStudentNurse Same for me #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 20:59
@Chelsea_Fawcett @samkitchen03 Lots of environments also use the Newcastle Model but that focusses more on collecting the person’s history - which would support using VERA #WeStNs




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