Care Fit for VIPS

Care Fit for VIPS is packed with a wealth of resources for Care Home Managers and others supporting people with dementia.

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Care Fit for VIPS now
support the National Dementia Pledge

You can use Care Fit for VIPS to show progress towards
the Dementia Pledge.

Click here to visit Dementia Pledge and commit
your home to continuous improvement.

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What is Care Fit for VIPS?

Care Fit for VIPS is based on the nationally recognised VIPS Framework of Dementia Care, and is made
up of the following elements:

Real-time Assessment Tool Searchable Toolkit Improvement Cycle

New to
Care Fit for VIPS?

If you are new to care Fit for VIPS
click here to watch a video outlining its potential and benefits.

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What is VIPS?

The VIPS Framework was developed by Professor Dawn Brooker, at the
University of Worcester's Association for Dementia Studies.
There are four elements:

The VIPS Framework was first outlined in Dawn Brooker,
Person-Centred Dementia Care, (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006). Care Fit for VIPS uses the VIPS Framework to support the work of care homes.


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Using VIPS Assessment

The VIPS assessment helps you rate your own home's progress.
You can complete the entire assessment at once, or take it a piece at a time.

Detailed, illustrative questions for each
of the twenty-four VIPS standards.

If you want an overview of your home’s care, tackle the whole assessment. There are around 200 questions, so allow a little time! This will give you a good picture of how you feel your home is achieving overall.

Alternatively, if you want to study one particular area of your home's care, choose the appropriate assessment from this list.
If possible, make time to do the assessment with others from your home environment. If you choose people from a different place (e.g. the kitchen), at different times (e.g. night shift) or for different reasons (e.g. a resident's husband or wife) you will get a much more realistic picture.

VIPS Questions

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Using the Toolkit

The Care Fit For VIPS toolkit provides the resources you need to develop person-centred care in your care home.
Most of the resources are online. They include:

Video

Most are accessible free
online, some may have to
be purchased.

The quality of online videos is
variable but many are
excellent training tools, and can
be very useful for stimulating staff and beginning to challenge
current practice.

Books

We point to books where
they are likely to add to what
is freely available on the web.

Where we point to a book this is
usually on Amazon and you can
read others' reviews of the book,
see a description, and often read
the first chapter before deciding whether to buy.

E-Learning

The online training courses we link to are mainly freely accessed.

Websites

Websites are great sources of information. We aim to point to the most practical and reliable sites.

Training

Online training is good but skills demand the time and knowledge of a skilled trainer.

Resources

Some products for particular tasks can only be bought, and we list the website.


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Using Improvement Cycles

An Improvement Cycle is a four-step cycle of review and development.

VIP Cycle

They are designed to be used over and over again. Small changes soon add up to bigger improvements. Choose an area that you and your colleagues think will be fairly simple.

Looking at the VIPS outcomes, it might be easiest to start with one of the 'I'or 'P'
outcomes, perhaps I3 - Personal Possessions or P4 - Physical Health.

Later you can move onto some of the more abstract outcomes, such as S1-S5.

Who to involve

Improvements will need staff and others to get involved.

As a manager you have a big job of communicating that change.

You will be able to achieve improvements if you
use all the tools at your fingertips.

Clear communication will be helpful, and you can use the toolkit (V1 – Vision) to help create a mission statement for person-centred care, so that everyone understands what you are after.

Involving groups of staff is the best way to share understanding of how you can continually improve.




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