Promoting positive approaches to dementia care in nursing
Juanita Hoe Senior clinical research associate, Research Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London, London
Rachel Thompson Dementia project lead, Nursing department, RCN, London
This article provides an overview of factors relevant to dementia care today. The number of people experiencing dementia is increasing and dementia is at the forefront of health policy. The evidence base for person-centred approaches and interventions in dementia is expanding and nurses are central to implementing these across care settings. This is an exciting and challenging time for dementia care and nursing has a major role in leading and developing these changes in practice. The article discusses the importance of wellbeing and the Mental Capacity Act in assessing and caring for people with dementia. Psychosocial and pharmacological approaches to dementia care are described and the need to support carers of people with dementia is emphasised.
Nursing Standard. 25, 4, 47-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.09.25.4.47.c8001Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review