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‘Finding the person the disease has’– the case for multisensory environments

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  • K. W. HOPE bsc, (hons, ) ma ph, d rn(g) rn(m) cert, ed rnt ,

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    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Manchester University, Manchester,
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  • R. EASBY rn(m), rn(g) ,

    1. Charge Nurse, Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, and
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  • H. WATERMAN bsc, ph, d rn(g) ond dip, n

    1. Professor of Nursing and Ophthalmology, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Manchester University, Manchester, UK
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K. W. Hope School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Visiting Coupland Building III Manchester University Oxford Road Manchester M13 9 PL UK E-mail: Kevin.hope@man.ac.uk

Abstract

Education about, and exposure to, the utilization of a multisensory environment (MSE) was provided to clinical staff as a response to findings from the problem identification stage of an action research study. Feedback was obtained about their experience and perceptions of its use. Through the auspices of focus groups and one-to-one interviews, respondents commented on the impact that using the MSE had on their perception of their clients and on subsequent care. The case is made that MSEs afford an opportunity to impact on care through their mediating influence on formal carers’ perceptions of their clients and, as such represent a significant but as yet unrealized potential for improving the quality of care of older people with dementia.

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