Dementia play sparked avid discussion
On both days of CareExpo 2001 visitors were able to see a short play entitled The Person not the Problem, written by social worker and playwright Tim Elgood and commissioned by MHA Care Group. Directed by by professional director and actor Peter Meakin, the play featured three characters: a care home manager and an older couple who are retired doctors, one of whom now has dementia. The play charted her life in her new residential home and the struggles of her husband to learn to communciate again with his wife. With flashbacks to their professional career and early retirement, the play highlighted the value of “person-centred” care in meeting an individualÂ¹s needs Â even if that meant gardening at 5am in the morning. Each performance was followed by a panel discussion of dementia-related issues including the cost and continuity of care, and partnership working between health, social and long term care providers.