Monthly Archives: May 2011

Out of Hospital Dementia Care: Reducing Hospital Admissions and the Cost of Care (Healthcare at Home Report)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011]. Abstract Current service provision for dementia sometimes fails to support patients and carers in many aspects of day-to-day life, resulting in … Continue reading

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Ethics and Decision-Making about Treatment at the End of Life

Abstract This study protocol addresses treatment decision-making concerning acute life threatening complications occurring in Alzheimer’s Disease patients at the end of life. Decisions about the best treatment pathway and whether to treat or not to treat are largely ethical questions … Continue reading

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Re-Evaluating the Role of Health Care Assistants in Dementia Care (NHS Confedration Webinar)

Summary Delegates at this Webinar (held on May 13th 2011) heard Professor Justine Schneider, from the University of Nottingham, explain the findings of her most recent study on the role and experience of Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in dementia wards. A key component of the … Continue reading

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Management of Persons with Dementia in Hospital Emergency Departments

Abstract Hospital environments are sometimes not the best of places to be for the elderly, especially those with dementia and cognitive impairment. Possible adverse effects of hospitalisation commonly include patient immobilisation, acute confusional state resulting in sedation, risk of falls, … Continue reading

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SCIE Blog (Carer Caroline Odgen’s Personal Experience of Dementia)

Summary The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website offers access to the latest news, insights and opinions from people of a wide range of backgrounds. The latest such blog entry is written by carer Caroline Ogden: Dementia creeps up … Continue reading

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SCIE Social Care TV (Dementia-Related Films)

Summary A number of new learning resources are available via the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Social Care TV service. Living with young onset dementia (Released 10/05/2011). This film highlights the experiences of younger people diagnosed and living with dementia. Dementia … Continue reading

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Difficulty with Eating in Persons with Advanced Dementia

Abstract This article addresses feeding and eating difficulties resulting in weight loss during the advanced stages of dementia, and the decision-making process regarding use  of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube. Evidence from observational  studies indicates that feeding tubes do not improve survival … Continue reading

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