Dementia and Risk
Research team
Prof Charlotte Clarke, Head of School, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh.

Dementia and Risk

This paper is part of a series of Learning Papers commissioned by Genio to explore learnings in practice on specific topics within Dementia. This paper results from a Dementia and Risk workshop, facilitated by Prof Charlotte Clarke and attended by representatives of HSE & Genio supported dementia projects. The purpose of this paper is to describe some of the current challenges of risk assessment and risk management in dementia care, illustrating some of the evidence base. The paper draws too on the contributions of participants in a Genio workshop in Dublin in May 2015.

Key Points
  • Risk identification and risk assessment were found to be some of the most complex aspects of professional practice, with a responsibility to protect yet not diminish someone’s quality of life. 
  • Positive risk taking enables those working in the dementia space to address both safety and protect the person with dementia’s quality of life.
  • It is important to take a broad view of subjective risk and ensure that everyone, especially the person diagnosed with dementia, has a clear voice within the process.

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