How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia
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How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia

Simon Williams Lead advanced nurse practitioner, care of the elderly mental health, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend, Wales
Wendy Mashlan Lead advanced nurse practitioner, care of the elderly medicine, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend, Wales
Tessa Watts Senior lecturer, adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales

There are 7 million carers in the UK, of whom 11% care for people with dementia. One in five people aged 50-64 are carers. This article explores the difficulties faced by informal carers, and highlights the need to support and care for them, as well as the person living with dementia. It suggests how nurses working in hospital settings can recognise and understand the physical and emotional health needs of informal carers through appropriate engagement, assessment and inclusion.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1181

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Correspondence

wendymashlan@yahoo.co.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Williams S, Mashlan W, Watts T (2019) How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1181

Published online: 11 September 2019