Risk management and decision-making in dementia care
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Evidence and practice    

Risk management and decision-making in dementia care

Zena Aldridge Independent dementia nurse and consultant, Norfolk, England
Karen Harrison Dening Head of research and publications, Dementia UK, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To better understand the areas of risk that may become apparent across the life course of dementia

  • To recognise the ethical issues posed by trying to eliminate the risk of harm for people living with dementia

  • To consider how the principles of safeguarding apply to risk management in dementia care

What constitutes a risk for a person living with dementia may be perceived and prioritised differently by nurses from varying clinical backgrounds. Furthermore, risk may be perceived differently according to the context. This article outlines some of the social, psychological and physical risk factors relevant to people living with dementia across the life course of the condition. It is important that nurses understand their role in identifying, assessing and managing risk and are aware of the resources, policies, legislation and processes designed to support decision-making and minimise the risk of harm to people living with dementia, their families and carers. The authors hope that this article will support nurses to become more confident in identifying risk while encouraging them to adopt a proactive and person-centred approach to risk assessment and management.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1460

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software




Conflict of interest

Zena Aldridge is consultant editor of Nursing Older People

Aldridge Z, Harrison Dening K (2024) Risk management and decision-making in dementia care. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1460

Published online: 20 March 2024

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