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How can person-centred care in dementia be improved?

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  • Article: Armstrong D, Byrne G (2011) Improving person-centred care in dementia. Nursing Times; 107: 46, 12-14.
  • Author: Dorothy Armstrong is clinical adviser, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, and programme director, NHS Education for Scotland; Grainne Byrne is communications officer, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

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Key points

  1. The number of people with dementia is expected to double in the next 25 years
  2. UK ombudsman reports show shortcomings in dementia care
  3. People with dementia should have their specific needs and preferences recognised
  4. Nurses should identify and record causes and triggers that may result in distressed behaviours
  5. Delirium can occur in up to half of all those aged 65 years or over who are admitted to hospital

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  • Why do people with dementia frequently become distressed when they are admitted to hospital?
  • What strategies can you use to reduce this distress?
  • Describe the difference between delirium and dementia?
  • How would you explain these differences to a relative or carer?
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