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Supportive care for the person with dementia$
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Julian Hughes, Mari Lloyd-Williams, and Greg Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.001.0001

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Characterizing care

Characterizing care

(p.1) Chapter 1 Characterizing care
Supportive care for the person with dementia

Julian C. Hughes

Mari Lloyd-Williams (Contributor Webpage)

Greg A. Sachs (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the conceptual problem: how do we characterize the care that is due to people with dementia in such a way as to capture all its possible, desirable, and necessary aspects? It identifies the problems lying behind the conceptual question as being to do with the dichotomies and divisions inherent in the different approaches to dementia care. The conceptual conclusion has led in the direction of supportive care, which is a suitable way to characterize the nature of the care owing to people with dementia. Even at this preliminary stage, the supportive care model envisaged allows room for the full benefits of the palliative care approach and good quality end-of-life care to be harnessed, whilst still accommodating the biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of holistic care from the time of diagnosis.

Keywords:   dementia, patient care, supportive care, palliative, end-of-life care, holistic care

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