Living a good life with Dementia

Living a good life with Dementia

A practitioner's guide

Liz Leach Murphy, Jayna Patel


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A practical guide to helping those living with dementia live their best life in a way that makes sense to them.


Essential reading for anyone working with people living with dementia, this book explains the concept of Self-Directed Support and Care for people living with dementia and links the various Person Centred approaches within dementia care with Person Centred Planning and Community based approaches. As the content unfolds, the concept of the Dementia Care Triad (people living with dementia, unpaid carers and professional carers) is explored and developed further to include the layer of community. The links between the health and social care legal context, guidance documents and national dementia strategies are presented with good, actionable practice, approaches, tools and informed advice to achieve Person Centred dementia care and support, with an emphasis on communities

Living a Good Life with Dementia will help professionals and carers gain knowledge and insight to be able to develop creative ideas for the care and support they want to have in place.


Liz Leach Murphy:

I have worked within Health and Social care for the past 25 years and within this time I have been committed to improving the experiences of those accessing the care and support they need, and this has involved working alongside people living with dementia and their families.  Within this time, I have trained in and delivered Person Centred Planning and Support Brokerage which are both approaches to enable people to direct their own care and support in a manner that is rooted in community rather than services. My work and passion led me to setting up Imagineer Development UK CIC in 2010, a social enterprise based in the North of England with a national reach which specialise in Self-Direction.


With a degree in journalism and a love for writing, editing, reviewing and blogging, I’ve enjoyed putting my research and inquisitive skills to good use, supporting Liz with finding evidence to underpin her case for more community based person-centred solutions and tidying up all the references! A keen storyteller, helping her illustrate the book with case studies of real people affected by dementia and making these books a valuable and helpful resource for family carers has been an even more rewarding experience. An Account Manager at a Web Design and Digital Marketing Agency, I’m a Yorkshire lass whose favourite things to do in her free time are walks in nature, exploring new places and discovering new experiences.