We are sharing the updated version of ‘This is me’ which is a simple leaflet for anyone receiving professional care who is living with mental health problems that may affect communication; memory problems, dementia or other communication difficulties.
It is a support tool to enable person-centred care.
‘This is me’ can be used to record details about a person who can’t easily share information about themselves. For example, it can be used to record:
- a person’s cultural and family background
- important events, people and places from their life
- their preferences and routines.
The leaflet can be used in any setting – at home, in hospital, in respite care or in a care home.
‘This is me’ helps health and social care professionals better understand who the person really is, which can help them deliver care that is tailored to the person’s needs.
It can therefore help to reduce distress for people with dementia and their carers. It can also help to overcome problems with communication, and prevent more serious conditions such as malnutrition and dehydration.
Now in its fourth edition, ‘This is me’ has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing since 2010. The latest edition includes changes that were suggested by people living with dementia, carers and health and social care professionals.
After downloading the leaflet, you can either:
- print it out and fill it in by hand
- save the file to a device and add text electronically.
Photos can only be added by hand once the leaflet is printed.