A person who has dementia, delirium or other communication difficulties can find changes, like moving to an unfamiliar place or meeting new people who contribute to their care, unsettling or distressing.
The ‘This is me’ leaflet can help to reduce this distress. It helps health and social care professionals build a better understanding of who the person really is, which can help them deliver care that is tailored to the person’s needs.
It can be used to record details about a person who can’t easily share information about themselves. It can help to reduce distress for people with dementia and their carers. It can also help to overcome problems with communication and prevent more serious conditions such as malnutrition and dehydration.
The leaflet can be used in any care setting – at home, in hospital, in respite care or in a care home, and helps health and social care professionals to better understand who the person really is, which can help them deliver care that is tailored to the person’s needs.
This leaflet was produced by the Alzheimer’s Society and has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing since 2010.
You can also read more at www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/publications-factsheets/this-is-me