It can be difficult for carers and people with dementia to communicate. In recognition of this, JRF funded the development and delivery of a project in 2008/2009 that would train care home staff across the UK to use Talking Mats. This system, complete with a textured mat and visual symbols, helps people with communications difficulties to interact.
This paper highlights key findings from the project, including:
- Confident staff who had management support were more likely to do well in training and implement new practice
- Training of this kind is more effective when delivered to a group of staff in one care home
- Talking Mats can benefit people at all stages of dementia, but it is still especially difficult to interact with residents in the later stages of the disease