The Department of Health have published a new strategy and vision for the role of nurses in the treatment and support of people with dementia.
‘Making a difference in dementia’ recognises the importance of supporting patients, carers and their families to learn more about dementia, self-management, and options for treatment, care and support.
It states that nurses have should provide information and advice about living well with a diagnosis of dementia at a time and in a way that the person wants, and they should ensure the person and their family and carers know who to contact in a crisis.
It highlights the importance of understanding and recognising the needs of different ethnic minority groups, and of working in partnership with each person to identify their specific needs and preferences.
The strategy and vision document can be read on the Department of Health website.