Positive Risk-Taking

Positive Risk-Taking

Emily and cyclist

Can the benefits of positive risk-taking outweigh the harmful consequences of avoiding risk altogether?

It is all too easy to see the negatives around someone living with dementia and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential. The benefits of ‘positive risk-taking’ can outweigh the harmful consequences of avoiding risk altogether.

Managing risk can dominate everyday practice in dementia care. However, based on learning from approaches developed in statutory mental health services, the benefits of ‘positive risk-taking’ can outweigh the negative effect of avoiding risk altogether.

Documents

  • The right to take risks: service users’ views of risk in adult social care

    This paper:

    • Gives voice to service users’ fears and concerns about risk;
    • Identifies additional risks to those commonly identified by professionals and policy-makers; and
    • Explores how perceptions of risk and rights are significantly different for mental health service users.
  • How can ‘positive risk-taking’ help build dementia-friendly communities?

    This Viewpoint explores the ways in which:

    • The focus of positive risk-taking is on making good decisions; it is the taking of calculated and reasoned risks, not leaving things to chance.
    • It is all too easy to see the negatives around someone living with dementia and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential.
    • A dementia-friendly neighbourhood or community is good for everyone, from individuals to businesses; it is not just about accommodating people living with dementia

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