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Person-centred care

Clearly these issues surrounding quality of communication with people with dementia demonstrate the importance of person-centred care. NICE and SCIE (2006) guidance outlined general principles of care, including person-centred care and diversity and equality.

The guidance stressed that good communication is essential, supported by evidence-based information, to allow people with dementia to reach informed decisions about their care. It emphasised that the views of people with dementia on who should and should not be involved in their care are important and should be respected. With the person’s permission, carers and relatives should normally have the opportunity to be involved in decisions about care and treatment.

Carers and relatives should be provided with the information and support they need, and carers should also be offered an assessment of their own needs. For recommendations on diversity and equality relevant to communicating with people with dementia.

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