Person-Centred Approaches to Dementia Care


Nov 1999

Person-Centred Approaches to Dementia Care traces the origin of the person-centred tradition, and describes and critically evaluates the theory and the practice of validation therapy. Resolution therapy and the work of the late Tom Kitwood. These represent an attempt to move beyond a preoccupation with the symptoms of dementia by reaching into the subjective reality of the person who remains behind the disease.

The leading European exponent of pre-therapy, Dion Van Werde, co-authors a chapter which explores the potential for making genuine therapeutic contact with those who have dementia. The author concludes with an overview of the latest developments in the psychological care of people with dementia, and an assessment of the future prospects of person centred care.


  • The origins of person-centred care
  • Validation therapy; Resolution therapy
  • Tom Kitwood, the Bradford dementia group and Spring Mount
  • The relevance of Prouty's pre-therapy to dementia care
  • Towards a person-centred culture of dementia care?

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Published reviews

" interesting introduction to a potentially dynamic approach to dementia care." 
Stephen Weeks, Aire Court Community Unit Day Hospital, Leeds, Signpost

"Traces the origins of the person centred tradition and describes and critically evaluates the theory and practice of Validation Therapy and Resolution Therapy."  
Working with Older People

"This is a book that occupational therapists working in dementia care will  value. It offers a comprehensive description of the person-centred approaches currently being practised and offers the reader the opportunity to develop his or her own thinking and practice."British Journal of Occupational Therapy