Best practice in caring for adults with dementia and learning disabilities

Andre Strydom, Tamara Al Janabi, Marie Houston, James Ridley

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-51
JournalNursing Standard
Volume31
Issue number6
Early online date5 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Oct 2016

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