Dementia is a life-limiting illness, it has no cure therefore a palliative approach is required to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families. This is achieved by preventing and relieving suffering encompassing physical, psychosocial and spiritual components of the disease process.
Recognising end of life for people with dementia can be difficult as it does not follow a straightforward disease trajectory and there may be other co-morbidities alongside dementia which may complicate symptom management. Although dementia is primarily neurological cause by an underlying disease such as Alzheimer’s as it progresses it affects other functions depending on the areas of the brain affected.
This one day learning event will assist in understanding the disease trajectory and identifying the 8 signs and symptoms of end stage dementia.
- Increase understanding of dementia; its prevalence and implications for care.
- Develop greater understanding of stress and distressed behaviour and how it relates to the signs and symptoms of end of life.
- Help identify the signs and symptoms of end stage dementia.
- Promote symptom management and anticipatory prescribing in end stage dementia.
Who is this programme for
- Registered Nurses
- Care home staff