To an integrated approach for people living with dementia

The rising number of people living with dementia will become one of the greatest challenges for health and social care. Dementia affects everyday life in different areas, such as routine activities, relationships and leisure. What is important for people with dementia in their everyday lives? How can professionals play a role in supporting people with dementia and their network?

Objective

The focus of this PhD research project is on the rationale of activities in health and social care to enable people living with dementia to live their everyday life as best as possible. In particular, we will look at the added value of social work. 

 

Results

  • An exploration of everyday life for people living with dementia 
  • Current practice analysis   
  • Building blocks for an integrated approach for professionals in health and social work
 

Duration

01 February 2021 - 31 January 2025

Approach

In a scoping review we will look at current research about everyday life from the perspective of people with dementia. A field study with people with dementia and their family will enrich the exploration of everyday life. We will do a current practice analysis with professionals such as care coordinators, nurses and social workers. Subsequently, we will develop, test and evaluate an integrated approach.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Jacoba Huizinga | PhD Candidate| Participation Care and Support
    Jacoba Huizenga
    • PhD candidate
    • Research groups: Participation, Care and Support, Proactive care for elderly people living at home

Collaboration 

In this project we collaborate with Tilburg University, and healthcare and social care organizations in the Utrecht region. We work together with students of Social Work, Nursing and the master program on Integrated Care.

Would you like to collaborate or do you have any questions?

Jacoba Huizinga | PhD Candidate| Participation Care and Support

Jacoba Huizenga

  • PhD candidate
  • Research groups: Participation, Care and Support, Proactive care for elderly people living at home