Unit 372 Dementia 313 Level 3 Diploma Hsc Essay

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Outcome 1 – Understand that each individual’s experience of dementia is unique 1.3: Describe how the experience of dementia may be different for individuals who are: Dealing with a learning disability: Dementia generally affects people with learning disabilities in similar ways to people without a learning disability, but there are some important differences. People with a learning disability are at greater risk of developing dementia at a younger age - particularly those with Down's syndrome. They will require specific support to understand the changes they are experiencing, and to access appropriate services after diagnosis and as dementia progresses. Those with a learning disability are also less…show more content…
At the end of life: Many people can die from dementia; however they can also die with another disease which doesn’t relate to their dementia even though they suffer it. Usually, the dementia will be that far advanced towards the end of life the individual may not even know what is happening or may even be too ‘ill’ to understand. However, it is important as a care worker or any professional that is trained in end of life care (palliative care) to ensure the best quality of life until the end. Each individual should be treated equally, yet individually. These individuals must not be overlooked and still have rights as well as everybody else. Outcome 2 – Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in dementia care and support 2.1: Describe how current legislation, government policy and agreed ways of working support inclusive practice for dementia care and support The Mental Capacity Act is legislation which increases the legal rights of the person with dementia to be involved in decisions about their own health and care. The Act also means that when somebody no longer has the mental capacity to be involved in decision making themselves, their carer will have the right to be consulted about decisions being made on behalf of the person with

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