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This is me

A support tool to enable person centred care

This is me is a simple form for anyone receiving professional care who is living with dementia or is experiencing delirium or other communication difficulties.

It provides an easy and practical way of recording who the person is. The form includes space to include details on the person’s cultural and family background; events, people and places from their lives; preferences, routines and their personality.

It is suitable for use in any setting – at home, in hospital, in respite care or a care home and provides a valuable way of letting medical and social care staff know more about the person who has dementia.

It lets health and social care professionals see the person as an individual and deliver person-centred care that is tailored specifically to the person’s needs.

It can therefore help to reduce distress for the person with dementia and their carer. It can also help to overcome problems with communication, and prevent more serious conditions such as malnutrition and dehydration.

Now in its third edition, This is me was first developed by the Northumberland Acute Care and Dementia Group and is supported by the Royal College of Nursing.