Launch of the Professional Interaction in Dementia Care Networks: a toolkit for primary care professionals

The toolkit Professional Interaction in Dementia Care Networks consists of two parts. The first part concerns the complexity of the interaction between primary care professionals and people with dementia and their networks. This complexity is clarified in three examples of good practices. The second part presents a number of interaction tools, as a concrete aid for these professionals.
The toolkit results from an international project conducted by researchers and case managers in Canada, Belgium and The Netherlands. All interaction tools were developed and/or tested in case management practice.
The toolkit can be found through these links:


  • Cecile aan de Stegge, Ph.researcher; Jan S. Jukema, Ph.D., Researcher; Carolien Smits, Ph.D., Professor Innovating with Older Adults, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences.
  • Nele Spruytte, Ph.D., LUCAS / Centre for Care Research and Consultancy, University of Leuven (Belgium).
  • Birgit Pianosi, Ph.D., Huntington University, Sudbury (Canada).

Members of the Consortium

  • Prof. Chantal Van Audenhove, LUCAS (Centre for Care Research and Consultancy), University of Leuven, Belgium.
  • Robert Barnett, North East Community Care Access Centre, Sudbury, Canada.
  • Corine van Maar, M.A., Vilans (Centre of Expertise for Long-term Care), Netherlands.
  • Ide Neumann, M.A. Netwerk DementiePlus Noord-West Veluwe (care provider), Netherlands.
  • Paul-Jeroen Verkade, M.A., Geriant (care provider), Netherlands.
  • Jurn Verschraegen, Flanders Centre of Expertise in Dementia, Belgium.
  • Helma Zijlstra, Verpleegkundigen & Verzorgenden Nederland (professional association of nurses), Netherlands.

NRPO-SIA (National Taskforce Practice-Oriented Research SIA, formerly Stichting Innovatie Alliantie, project number 2011-3-11int, Netherlands), Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Geriant, Network DementiePlus Noord-West-Veluwe, FOTON, NECCAC, University of Leuven, Huntington University.

For more information, please contact dr. Carolien Smits (