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improve daily life, improve preparedness to handle demanding situations and not least in order to provide a quality care for peo
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
In the late 1990s, one nursing home in Karlskoga developed a set of values for the quality of life of the nursing home. They took part of nursing research, talked with families and the local dementia association. Then the staff estimated their own ability to achieve the various objectives. It turned out to be some areas that needed to be strengthened. One such area was to improve the interaction with people with dementia.
This was the beginning of the first 6 people certified in the method in the municipality in 2003. Because the nursing home got a reputation for being able to interact with people with dementia in a good way. This led to more people wanted to become Validation worker. Karlskoga municipality sought government stimulus funds to continue development of the method, starting in 2005.
When the “National Guidelines for care in dementia” came in 2010, we made a survey of the development needs in dementia care. Based on the survey, plans for implementation of the guidelines were made and then begin implementation. The survey showed that all groups felt it was important to continue to develop the person centered care in the municipality.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
From 1 June 2006 - 31 March 2007 there was a pilot study, "VF / Validation ® as a communication method of care for people with dementia" at one nursing home. Projectleader was Kirsti Skovdahl, Örebro University and Gunilla Fahlström who was then the R & D leaders at the Regional Council of Örebro. Issues with the pilot study:
Is validation an effective method of communication in the care of people with dementia?
There is not enough space to describe the process
Six people moved in to the unit and took part in the pilot study during the investigation. It was difficult to complete the study as planned. One result was that they could reduce the psychotropic drugs that the people with dementia had when they move in to the nursing home.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
It always takes time to change already-established practices and there are always people who are less enthusiastic about the changes. What we have tried to this date is that there should be some Validation Workers on each nursing home for people with dementia in the municipality. It has been shown that if there is only one or two trained on a nursing home, then the distribution to the other staff becomes a little more difficult.
For that reason, we want to try to make one unit to Validation Unit where 75 % of the staff is Validation Worker. This unit will open in early 2014.
We would also like to start a dementia care team, where there is only certified Validation Workers. In the current situation, there is no economy to start this.