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    Self-reported benefits for care partners of attending a person-centred dementia cafe

    Chesterton, Lorna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9668-1941, Innes, Anthea, Smith, Sarah K and Morris, Lydia (2022) Self-reported benefits for care partners of attending a person-centred dementia cafe. International Journal of Care and Caring, 6 (4). pp. 586-603. ISSN 2397-8821

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    Abstract

    Informal care partners of individuals with dementia are often referred to as the ‘invisible patient’, whose needs are under-represented in research. The physical, mental and emotional responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia can be both rewarding and challenging. This qualitative study explored how attending a dementia cafe affected care partner well-being. The co-designed cafe adopted a person-centred approach, valuing members’ unique abilities and contributions. Results showed that the cafe provided a safe environment where individuals could be themselves. Participants found a sense of belonging, camaraderie and friendship that enhanced their sense of well-being and maintained their selfhood and dignity.

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