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Referral Guidelines for Families and Carers
HospiceCare is here to support families and carers of those who are now living with advanced dementia.
Everyone who is living with dementia presents differently. We have put together some of the changes you may see when the person you are caring for is entering into the advanced stage of dementia.
• The person you care for may become more withdrawn and take less interest in their surroundings.
• They may have become less able to communicate with you or even appear unwilling to communicate.
• Changes to oral intake - eating or drinking less.
• Coughing when eating or drinking.
• Changes in mobility or no longer able to walk, walking more slowly or appearing bent over when walking.
• Increased falls/tripping.
• Unable to do tasks which were second nature - washing, dressing, feeding themselves.
• Increased infections for example urine infections or chest infections.
• Not responding to treatment and having shorter gaps between infections.
• Skin changes - colour changes or sores.
• Sleeping more during the day.
• Some people in the advanced stage of dementia can present with agitation for no visible reason.