Person centred Snapshot Assessment

This page provides a Snapshot Assessment which is aimed to be completed by the person with dementia, with assistance from their supporter or friend as appropriate.

It is kept brief for ease of completion, but also to enable it to be printed off once completed and kept with the person. This will help inform cognitive stimulation therapy approaches, as well as inform care planning if the person is receiving support from services.

Please note this page is in development. If you wish to receive a blank copy of this form, to complete on your own PC and print off, laminate etc please drop me a line on the links below. Thanks






















More detailed assessment - GETTING TO KNOW ME

Of course, some clients, carers and families may want to complete a more detailed person centred assessment, in the form of a Memory Diary or About Me Scrapbook, with lots of photos and mementos included. This should be encouraged, but perhaps suggest a master copy is kept safely at home.

Possible content of such a detailed assessment is as follows:



My parents 
My siblings
My childhood
My spouse/partner
My family including beloved pets
Good friends
Favourite places
Holidays enjoyed
Lifetime achievements

Hobbies and interests now

Unpleasant life events (so we know to avoid talking about them and how best to respond)



Where is home now
Who are you closest to now
Preferred foods
Preferred drinks
Luxury items - sweets, perfume/aftershave etc
How I like to dress/my style 
How I like to exercise/my activity level
Favourite music and artists
Favourite films or TV shows




Usual daytime routine (including time I like to get up and go to bed)
Things which help calm and reassure me
Things which can upset or anger me
Support I need with memory and orientation
Support I need with communication (including any communication aids)
Support I need with psychological or mental health issues
Support I need with behavioural issues
Support I need with self care (including any assistance required)
Support I need with eating and drinking (including any feeding aids)
Support I need with mobility (including any mobility aids)
Support I need with continence (including any continence aids)
Support I need with sleep or during the night-time 
Support I need with medical illness or disability issues

Signs that I may be in pain and how I like others to respond
Medication I take and support I need with taking it


Other support I need



Collection of favourite photos with captions (statement of meanings) and approx dates
Video clips


Collection of favourite music tracks that may help calm and reassure me
Collection of favourite music tracks that may energise and uplift me

Note here if you like to use an iPod or similar 
(Link to personalised Spotify and iTunes playlists)



Letters, cards and other mementos which have value or meaning to me

A Word copy of the 'Getting To Know Me: Personal Information Communication Form' is provided below, with the aim of it being amended and printed off for personal use.

If you need it another format, please drop me a line.


About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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