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The Cognitive Daisy is an innovative assessment system created to provide healthcare staff with an instant snapshot of the cognitive status of older adults to help ensure the highest quality of care.
The aim of the Cognitive Daisy is to give a concise, visual description of a person’s cognitive status within five different domains. Whether a person is likely to experience problems with these skills in daily life is reflected in performance on our specially designed test.
The results are used to adjust interaction thereby improving communication, reducing agitation and enhancing person-centred care. It is not a diagnostic tool and so cannot show if someone has dementia or not, but it is a useful guide to a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.GET INVOLVED
The Cognitive Daisy is a visual description of a person’s cognitive strengths and difficulties which can help guide those who provide care and support.
Individual differences in cognitive impairments underlie many behavioural problems in people with neurological conditions. Recognising these cognitive difficulties and strengths is a major challenge for formal and informal carers yet important for guiding care-related decisions, reducing agitation and identifying optimal forms of communication.
The Cognitive Daisy enhances the quality of care a person receives by providing caregivers with a concise visual depiction of a person’s cognitive status.
Recognising cognitive difficulties is important for guiding care-related decisions, predicting problematic situations and promoting safeguarding. For example, if someone has difficulty with speech production, choices can be kept simple or alternative methods of communication, such as writing or using gestures, can be encouraged. While activities and pastimes that build on strengths can be encouraged, thus improving well-being and self-esteem.
“The effects of the project within my organisation have been positive, enabling team members to have a more detailed understanding of how people’s individual cognition effects their daily lives,Read More
“It has been a fantastic opportunity for our residents and care team to be part of the Cognitive Daisy Project, particularly for the Senior Carers The process of ‘testing’Read More
A steering committee consisting of dementia professionals and University of Lincoln psychology students have been consulted throughout the design and development of the Cognitive Daisy research project.
We are planning a series of experimental studies investigating whether recall of cognitive strengths and weaknesses improves with COG-D and whether the information provided in the daisies influences decisions regarding care-choices.
The main aim is to determine whether COG-D is more effective in improving the quality of life in people with dementia living in care homes than usual care. To evaluate this, several impact measures will be recorded for carers and residents before and after the introduction of COG-D in a larger number of care homes in Lincoln. Introduction of COG-D includes a neuropsychological assessment of the residents. This assessment (conducted in the care home) will take place when it is most convenient for the resident. Once the neuropsychological assessment has been completed, the daisies will be created and will be placed in a discrete location in the resident’s room and in the care plan. The carers will be introduced to COG-D in an online training session.
If you would like to be involved in this project once the planning stage is completed, please contact us now to express your interest. We will give you more information about what participation would involve for the carers and residents.
Telephone: 01522 886360
School of Psychology
Sarah Swift Building
Lincoln, LN6 7TS