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Co-designing a dementia-specific education and training program for home care workers: The 'Promoting Independence Through quality dementia Care at Home' project

Goh, Anita MY; Doyle, Colleen; Gaffy, Ellen; Batchelor, Frances; Polacsek, Meg; Savvas, Steven; Malta, Sue; ... Dow, Briony; + view all (2022) Co-designing a dementia-specific education and training program for home care workers: The 'Promoting Independence Through quality dementia Care at Home' project. Dementia 10.1177/14713012211065377. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Undertaking co-design with the end users of services has rapidly evolved as the best-practice approach to program design, development and implementation. Increased interest in using participatory co-design in dementia care has drawn attention to the need for evidence-informed methods for facilitating the meaningful involvement of people with dementia and their family carers in co-design activities. The aim of this paper is to describe the co-design framework used in the co-design of a dementia specialist training program for home care workers. The Promoting Independence Through quality dementia Care at Home program is a successful example of co-design methodology used across multiple project stages and with various stakeholder groups, including people living with dementia, family carers, home care workers, managers and researchers. Co-design methods were tailored to each stage, purpose, and stakeholder group, and to facilitate the involvement of people living with dementia. Findings provide unique insights into optimising input from co-design partners, including people living with dementia; the methodology, conditions and requirements for participants to co-design and implement ideas; and perspectives on the enablers and challenges of using co-design in this population. In this paper, we present a comprehensive approach for involving people living with dementia as active and equal contributors in inclusive and meaningful participatory co-design.

Type: Article
Title: Co-designing a dementia-specific education and training program for home care workers: The 'Promoting Independence Through quality dementia Care at Home' project
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/14713012211065377
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211065377
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dementia, family carer, co-design, training, design process
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143888
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