The community nurse role in family-centred care of people with dementia

Community nurse dementia

The British Journal of Community Nursing has just published a peer-reviewed article which explores the role of the community nurse in family-centred care for patients with dementia.

The authors argue that national policy and strategy have helped to raise awareness of dementia however families living with dementia still struggle to find information and support.

The paper uses case studies to discuss three scenarios commonly raised by family carers and people with dementia:

  • seeking help and support at the point of seeking diagnosis
  • knowing the ‘right time’ to seek help and advice
  • when symptomatic changes affect well-being and relationships

The article indicates how the community nurse can be central to supporting people with dementia and their families to live well in their own communities.

Also provided is a list of  charities and other sources that help carers of people with dementia.


Dening, K, & Hibberd, P (2016), ‘Exploring the community nurse role in family-centred care for patients with dementia’, British Journal Of Community Nursing, 21, 4, pp. 198-202 5p, CINAHL with Full Text, EBSCOhost

New ‘healthy’ towns to be built in England to address problems of dementia and obesity


The NHS England Healthy New Towns programme will be working alongside ten housing developments across the country.

Consideration will be given to how sites can redesign local health and care services to extend independent living arrangements for older people.

Among the approaches being investigated are digitally enabled local health services that share physical infrastructure and staff with schools and community groups.

The new ‘healthy towns’ are intended to establish a blueprint for other communities to follow.

For more information, go to the NHS England site.

Siddique, Haroon (2016) ‘Ten new ‘healthy’ towns to be built in England’ The Guardian, 1st March [Online]. Available at: