Supporting people with dementia

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have outlined a set of basic standards for dementia patients.

As part of the guide, dementia patients should expect to;

  • Discuss concerns with someone with knowledge and expertise.
  • Be involved in making choices and decisions about their care and support.
  • Take part in a review of their needs and preferences when their circumstances change.
  • Choose to take part in leisure activities which match their interests.
  • Continue to meet their friends and family and make new relationships.
  • Have routine check-ups of their physical and mental health and see healthcare professionals when they have concerns.
  • Live in housing that is adapted to help them maintain their independence.
  • Be involved in and influence the design, planning, evaluation and delivery of services.
  • Have help from independent advocacy servicesto present their views.
  • Continue to be involved in and contribute to their community.

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