Person-centred care includes being genuine and trustworthy.

What does it mean to tell the truth when we are speaking with people with dementia?  And why is this an issue? Being known as a trustworthy person who can be relied upon to tell the truth is seen as a good thing.  It’s what most of us were taught as kids.  But as we grow up we discover things aren’t quite as simple as it seems: might it sometimes be OK to lie if that will make someone feel better?  Might it sometimes be OK to tell some but not all of the truth if that will protect someone from getting needlessly upset?  People sometimes call these “little white lies”.  The question for us is whether this is OK in our dealings with people living with dementia.  It would be fair to say that two different people who are both good dementia care workers could hold very different opinions about this.