The effect of dementia on patients, informal carers and nurses
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The effect of dementia on patients, informal carers and nurses

Aileen Murray Senior nurse, Older Persons Mental Health, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth

Aileen Murray explores the implications for three groups affected by the condition and how greater awareness of these results in improved experiences for individuals

This article explores the effect of dementia on individuals with dementia, their families and nursing staff. It explores the diagnostic issues that are important for individuals, the effect of symptoms and avenues of support. The need to adapt to different roles and the importance of communication are discussed for families and informal carers. Lastly, the culture of nursing care and the need for education, training, professional development and clinical supervision is discussed.

The literature emphasises the need for close collaborative working between those involved in dementia care, with individuals with dementia at the centre of decision making. It highlights how everyone involved can contribute to positive care experiences for those with the condition.

Nursing Older People. 26, 5, 27-31. doi: 10.7748/nop.26.5.27.e573


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 February 2014

Accepted: 22 April 2014