Nursing resource for dementia now available on the internet

Issue date: 25 May 2005

ISSUE DATE: 25/05/05

A new resource for nursing professionals aimed at improving the hospital care of people with dementia is now available from the internet.

The resource pack designed especially for nurses by research fellow and registered general nurse, Dr Rachel Norman from the University of the West of England is an interactive and educational resource to encourage and enable nursing staff to widen their perspective of dementia and begin to ‘get to know’ the person with dementia that they are caring for.

The resource is based on a three year investigation into the experiences of people with dementia in general hospital settings funded by the Mental Health Foundation. The findings from the research suggested that patients with dementia who were recognised in terms of their individuality and wholeness experienced an improved hospital admission (Norman 2003).

Dr Rachel Norman says, “In the late 1990s, the care provided to older people in hospital settings, and to people with dementia specifically, faced much criticism. The research behind this new resource explored how people with dementia were looked after in medical and surgical settings and investigated the views of service providers and patients alike. The resource has been designed to inform nursing practice and offer nurses and healthcare assistants ways to ‘get to know’ the person that they are looking after with dementia, thereby improving the person’s experience of hospitalisation.”

The resource can be found at


Editor’s notes

Norman R (2003) Acute nursing care for people with dementia. What happens when a person with dementia is admitted to hospital for acute care? Unpublished PhD thesis, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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