The Effects Of Dementia On Health And Social Care

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professional rationale- after the completion of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care I will then would like to move on to do top up degree and then I will go on to complete my nurse training. As a nurse I think it is very important to have a good working knowledge of dementia as dementia is a condition that is increasing every year. Dementia is an illness that is very common in elderly people who are over the age of 65. (NHS 2016). For people who are over the age of 65 will have difficulties with reminiscence, “thinking”, “mental agility,” verbal communication, perception and “judgement” (NHS 2016). The prevalence of dementia is increasing as a consequence of greater longevity Ablitt et al. (2009). It has been estimated that, in the UK, 5% of people over 65 years of age and 20% of people over 80 years of age suffer from dementia Ablitt et al. (2009). It is anticipated that the number of people with dementia will rise dramatically over the coming years Ablitt et al. (2009). In the UK estimates suggest that prevalence will increase by 40% over the next 15 years Ablitt et al. (2009). Personal rationale- I am currently working on a dementia unit so as a caring professional it is my duty to reduce the likelihood of abuse. To do this my place of work endorses accurate care plans and they communicate regularly with family and relatives. With residents who have dementia we are more vigilant as they are more vulnerable to harm or abuse as they do not understand they are
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