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