This tool should be used to consider the whole life of a person living with dementia.
The aim of this tool is to balance what is important for the person with what is important to the person. It is essential to ensure that what is important to the person remains at the centre of any support or care intervention. It is necessary for a person with capacity to give consent to their care and support.
There are a number of domains. It is not necessary to complete all the domains but ones that are relevant to the person with dementia. Each area may need to be updated as there are changes in the person. The domain asks what is important for the person. For example, it may be important for a person with diabetes to have a low-sugar, healthy diet. But it may be important to them to eat sweet food.
Each domain encourages the ‘how’ to support the person. This should include a balance of what is important for and to. For example, the person with diabetes may want to eat sweet foods daily, and this may be achieved by making or purchasing low-sugar desserts for the person to each most days with, perhaps, a once a week option of a sugary dessert. This, of course, would increase risk and should be noted in the column where notes are taken about what the person is good at. Placing an ‘R’ in this box would highlight the need to a complete a risk assessment.