Exploring the usefulness of a recovery-based approach to dementia care nursing.

Research paper by Joan J Gavan

Indexed on: 04 May '12Published on: 04 May '12Published in: Contemporary nurse


Exploring new approaches to dementia care nursing is vital to enable services to cope with the expected rise in demand for healthcare due to an ageing population. A comparison between the current person-centred care approach in aged care and recovery-based approach that underpins mental health nursing was reviewed in the literature to determine which is more useful to dementia care nursing. The recovery model is the conceptual framework that underlies the recovery-based approach. It broadens the current person-centred care approach through the fostering of hope, facilitative rather than directive care, and enhances autonomy. This promotes positive outcomes for older people with dementia through empowerment to make choices in the way they wish to live within the community. This essay proposes that the recovery-based approach is more useful to dementia care nursing than person-centred models.