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Evaluating the SPECAL approach to care

SPECAL is a person-centred approach to the care of people with dementia which could also have the potential to reduce carer stress and lead to improvements in quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. The approach prioritises meaning over detail. It has 'three golden rules' for the care: do not ask direct questions, learn from the expert by listening and discovering what is important to the person with dementia, and do not contradict. This article describes the origins and rationale of SPECAL. It also looks at the controversy of the approach which has received criticism from the Alzheimer's Society. The authors also outline plans for an evaluation.

Additional Titles
Journal of Dementia Care
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Key Information

Type of Reference
Mgzn
Publisher
Hawker
ISBN/ISSN
1351-8372
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2015
Volume Number
23
Start Page
24-27