People with learning disabilities, particularly Down’s syndrome, are at increased risk of dementia. At present, services and care tailored to people with both dementia and a learning disability are unsatisfactory. This article reviews the literature specific to dementia in people with learning disabilities, including: comprehensive screening, diagnosis, management, environmental considerations, end of life care and training issues for nursing staff. Recommendations for best practice and service improvement are made to improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia and learning disabilities, pre and post-diagnosis.
Nursing Standard. 31, 6, 42-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10524Correspondence
This article had been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 12 April 2016
Accepted: 19 July 2016
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