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Best practice in caring for adults with dementia and learning disabilities

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A Strydom, T Al-Janabi, M Houston, J Ridley

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-51
Number of pages10
JournalNursing Standard
Volume31
Early online date5 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2016

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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.

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