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Dementia in care homes

Janya Freer and Vellingiri Raja Badrakalimuthu

in Mental Health and Care Homes

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0014
Dementia in care homes

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Dementia is extremely common in care home settings, with over half of all residents having significant cognitive impairment. It is one of the main reasons that cause older people to move into residential or nursing home care. The commonest causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Dementia may be associated with other physical health problems and disabilities, as well as delirium and depression. This chapter emphasizes how good care planning is essential to meet the diverse needs of people with dementia. Quality care depends on having suitably trained care staff, suitable environments, and good support from primary care and other services. The management of behaviour problems associated with dementia is challenging but psychological and social measures should be tried before medication is used.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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