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Christine talks us through dementia, what is it? What common forms may we come across and how does delirium differ? And how do we best manage and treat patients with dementia in the pre-hospital emergency setting?
Top 3 Points from this podcast:
- Stay calm, a smile and touch are reassuring, maintain eye contact.
- Use words which ask for a simple answer
- Engage with relevant others where possible to ensure wishes are supported and the person feels safe.
Christine registered as an RMN in 1998 and started her career as a staff nurse caring for older adults with dementia in a hospital setting.
Later working in varied clinical settings including older adults, acute admission, and crisis services as a staff and Community Psychiatric Nurse. Then became a Senior Charge Nurse caring for older adults presenting with symptoms of stress and distress related to a diagnosis of Dementia.
Christine is the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant in NHS Borders and has been in this post for nearly 3 years.