In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Palliative Care for People With Advanced Dementia

Palliative Care for People With Advanced Dementia
Jacqueline Crowther

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an awareness of the different types of dementia and common symptoms
  • Be able to identify the common nursing problems associated with dementia
  • Have an awareness of challenges associated with identifying end of life and the goals of palliative care
  • Identify family issues and the importance of advance care planning

Introduction

As the population ages and more people develop dementia, end of life and palliative care issues will become increasingly important for society as a whole, not only in dementia care (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012). One in three people over the age of 65 will die with some form of dementia (Brayne et al., 2006). This chapter describes the pathophysiology of ...

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