Dementia Care Case Study

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The world view on caring for individuals with dementia varies according to culture.

i. United Kingdom (UK)

In the United Kingdom (UK), as mentioned above, most dementia patients are cared for in the home by family, friends and the community. Additional support and guidance on daily challenges is also available from community nurses. Medical care is available from general practitioners who work with neurologists and psychiatrists to balance medication needs when

behaviors exhibited by the individual become difficult to manage as the disease progresses. Once the disease has progressed to the point where caregivers are unable to continue, they are placed in care homes. Moreover, according to BMC Palliative Care research article: Context, mechanisms
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Furthermore, in Wu et al.’s case study (2016) into Care Services for elderly people with dementia in rural China, it is reported that dementia care traditionally falls to the immediate family, and placement into care facilities is reserved for those who have no income, family or legal guardians to care for them. It is also reported that being placed in a care facility is “stigmatized”, as traditionally, care is provided by the …show more content…
Furthermore, residents are not evaluated by professional staff either before, during, or after admission to determine their cognitive functioning. The level of care appears to be basic at best, with a census of approximately 91 residents, and a ratio of one caregiver to seven residents, yet “eight of the caregivers each slept beside an elderly resident with advanced dementia so that they could provide around-the-clock care.” Wu et al., (2016).

In contrast to rural government institutions, urban facility residents are assessed medically at time of admission, and are assessed on an ongoing basis to track the progression of their dementia; those suffering with dementia are “housed in a separate part of the institution.” Wu et al., (2016). The center is staffed by retired primary care physicians, yet their resources to treat are limited, with no medications being administers to help ease some of the resident’s dementia symptoms of

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