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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You can use Care Fit for VIPS to show progress towards
the Dementia Pledge.
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your home to continuous improvement.
Care Fit for VIPS is based on the nationally recognised VIPS Framework of Dementia Care, and is made
up of the following elements:
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click here to watch a video outlining its potential and benefits.
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.
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.
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:
An Improvement Cycle is a four-step cycle of review and development.
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.
Improvements will need staff and others to
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.