Guidance Alzheimer Society has published, with the aim of helping NHS nurses better assess the psychological needs of people suffering from dementia.
In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to analyze the needs of someone when they are in the later stages of dementia, especially if a nurse has not known the person for a long period of time . Patients have not been able to give a full account of their needs, nor have they been able to communicate verbally.
It is hoped that this paper, written by researchers at the University of Worcester, will help determine if a patient is experiencing depression, anxiety or see hallucinations. In addition, emphasis is placed on non-verbal communication, body language and facial expressions.
Dawne Garrett, lead to dementia care at the Royal College of Nursing, added: “This is a very useful publication that highlights the essential and complex nature of the evaluation internal of people living with dementia ‘needs.
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