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Personalised care for people with dementia

Five principles on improving care for people with dementia and their families are set out in a new RCN document
Picture shows an older couple, the woman appearing confused and a nurse looking at her. Five principles on care for people with dementia are set out in a new RCN document.

Five principles on improving care for people with dementia and their families are set out in a new RCN document

Essential facts

The term dementia is used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect the brain and result in an impairment of function. People affected may experience memory loss, problems with communication, impaired reasoning and difficulties with skills for daily living. Dementia is a progressive and terminal condition. In the UK, 850,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia .

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