The purpose of this literature review is to identify best practice in dementia care to inform development of tools to be used in future stages of the project (i.e., for face-to-face interviews and focus group meeting) and to enable Baptcare to draw some lessons from those models. The model used to frame the literature review comprised two main themes—quality of life and wellbeing, and quality of care—within a contextual framework that includes the scope of the review, the concept of a person-centred organisation, and models of change management. Relevant databases were searched for peer-reviewed articles on dementia care published since 2005. In addition, published reference material was obtained from websites of organisations dealing with dementia care, such as Alzheimer’s Australia and the Australian Association of Gerontology, and the consultants’ existing resources.The literature review identified best practice principles and effective interventions for working with people living with dementia in the community, retirement housing, and residential care settings.
No single best-practice approach to supporting and caring for people with dementia was identified. However, person-centred care is widely accepted as the best over-arching approach to dementia care.