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Understanding the needs of people with dementia and family carers

Bray, Jennifer, Evans, Simon, Thompson, Rachel, Bruce, Mary, Carter, Christine, Brooker, Dawn, Milosevic, Sarah ORCID:, Coleman, Helen and McSherry, Wilf 2015. Understanding the needs of people with dementia and family carers. Nursing Older People 27 (7) , pp. 18-23. 10.7748/nop.27.7.18.e699

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When a person with dementia is in hospital, poor understanding of individual needs and preferences can contribute to a lack of person-centred care. Similarly, the needs of family carers can often be overlooked and staff do not always appreciate these needs at such a stressful time. This article illustrates how three NHS trusts have addressed these issues. To help staff get to know patients with dementia, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has implemented a patient passport. Similarly, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has implemented a carer passport that overcomes the restrictions imposed by hospital visiting hours. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust also focused on carers, holding a workshop to elicit feedback on what was important to them. This was a useful means of engaging with carers and helped staff to realise that even simple changes can have a significant effect.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 1472-0795
Date of Acceptance: 13 May 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:12

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