Palliative care for people with dementia

Willis, Stephen and Makaza, Melsina ORCID: 0000-0001-6491-1565 (2008) Palliative care for people with dementia. Mental Health Practice, 12 (2). pp. 26-29. doi:10.7748/mhp2008.

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Stephen Willis and Melsina Makaza investigate the appropriateness of using a palliative care model for people with end-stage or advanced dementia. They argue that such an approach could be a viable alternative to current practice Treating older people as individuals is a key objective of the National Service Framework for Older People, which states that older people should ‘receive appropriate and timely packages of care which meet their needs as individuals, regardless of health and social service boundaries’ (Department of Health (DH) 2001). Anecdotally, the philosophy of hospice care can be seen as providing for the material, medical, mental and spiritual welfare of people who are suffering from any illness that is likely to terminate life. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE 2006) guidelines for dementia care say that health and social care professionals should adopt a palliative care approach when working with people with dementia and their carers.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Palliative care; Dementia
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system > RC435 Psychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 15:26
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 16:03

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