Overcoming COVID-19 constraints on person centered dementia care: A narrative inquiry of lived experiences of residential care staff in Belgium
Martin, A. 2022. Overcoming COVID-19 constraints on person centered dementia care: A narrative inquiry of lived experiences of residential care staff in Belgium. Journal of Long-Term Care. pp. 183-192. https://doi.org/10.31389/jltc.129
Context: Person-centredness is integral to high-quality dementia care. The coronavirus prevention and control measures significantly disrupted delivery of person-centred
Objective: To explore the lived experiences of residential care staff of overcoming the coronavirus constraints on person-centred dementia care.
Methods: A narrative correspondence inquiry undertaken between August and October 2020 engaged three (n = 3) residential care staff in Belgium. Criterion sampling included staff involved in caring for people with dementia in an organisation providing a multitude of residential care services.
Findings: Four overarching themes were identified, comprising the chaos embedded in uncertainties, restructuring the service, transition shock, and reorienting the service
Limitations: The correspondence method of gathering narratives was opportune for undertaking qualitative research during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and provided a means of exploring in-depth the experiences of staff. However, this study is limited to a small sample of participants from one organisation.
Implications: The coronavirus pandemic not only introduced challenges but also prospects of effective ways of delivering care to adequately meet the needs of people with dementia. The hierarchical boundaries several disciplines often create in health and social care defy effective collaborations in dementia care.
|Keywords||Person-centred; Dementia; Narrative; Qualification; Residential care; Coronvirus|
|Journal||Journal of Long-Term Care|
|Journal citation||pp. 183-192|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.31389/jltc.129|
|Funder||European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)|
|30 Aug 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||03 Aug 2022|
|Deposited||01 Sep 2022|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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