The Contented Dementia Trust has produced a variety of written and audio-visual material about the SPECAL method. Key resources are listed below. Copies may be obtained by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The charges cover our printing / photocopying costs plus postage & packing.
Key SPECAL texts:
1. The SPECAL© Photograph Album
Garner, P (2008, 3rd Edition) The SPECAL Photograph Album. Windrush Hill Books. Hawling.
This report provides an explanation of what dementia might be like to live with, day by day, for the person with dementia. It uses the analogy of a photograph album to represent how memory functions. This explanation underpins all SPECAL care principles, which are now known as ‘SPECAL sense’. The SPECAL Photograph Album is central to the development of the SPECAL method, a comprehensive system which incorporates a number of therapeutic approaches to enable well-being to be sustained on a lifelong basis.
Prices below include postage and packing within UK: £6.35; Europe: £8.78; Australia and Singapore: £10.13; Rest of World: £9.83
2. DVD Finding a way to Contented Dementia by Kate Sturgess and Alistair Briggs
A documentary film in six parts which follows the story of six ‘accidental carers’ who found themselves looking after loved ones who had developed dementia: their fears and struggles to come to terms with the situation and how finding the SPECAL method, through Contented Dementia Trust, had an incredibly positive effect; not just on the lives of those they cared for, but on theirs too…
Run time 92 minutes; available in PAL.
DVD cost £14.05 including p&p within U.K; Europe: £16.48; Australia and Singapore: £17.83; Rest of World: £17.53
3. Making a Present of the Past®
This historic document explains how the approach of linking past experience to activities of daily life in the present was first developed in practice. Examples are drawn from documented case studies at Burford Community Hospital during the early 1990s SPECAL, Burford Community Hospital and the Research and Development Department of Psychiatry of Old Age, Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust, Oxford. Garner, P & Godel, M (1996)
Booklet cost £6.35 including p&p within UK; Europe: £8.78; Australia and Singapore: £10.13; Rest of World: £9.83