ARE WE READY? ……Managing the complexities of dementia within stoma care

Mrs Michaela Parker1
1Salts Healthcare Ltd, Aston , United Kingdom

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a range of neurological disorders, that cause a progressive decline in a person’s function. Even though public awareness and involvement is increasing, there are still significant misunderstandings within society that may affect management of this group of patients.

In the UK, approximately 850,000 people live with this condition, with numbers predicted to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051 (Dementia UK). In Australia, dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in people over the age of 65 and the second leading cause of death (Dementia Australia). Without a medical breakthrough, this healthcare challenge is set to increase significantly on a global scale and governments worldwide are now, supporting and promoting initiatives to meet this major challenge

Ostomists with dementia require diverse and creative support. Moving forward, Stoma Care Nurses should proactively seek to form key partnerships with specialists in dementia to enhance care provision and consider the impact of this patient group on future services. Training, development and any planning of care is critical and should influence clear strategies that reflect best practice

This presentation aims to identify the key challenges that may become evident whilst supporting the care of someone living with dementia and then focus on the main areas for consideration and vital future developments.


Michaela Parker Is currently a clinical nurse specialist in research and development for Salts Healthcare Limited

Experienced in colorectal, gastrointestinal and urology nursing in Nottingham, United Kingdom before becoming a stoma care nurse in 2004. Her stoma care role has allowed her to work in both the hospital and community settings and more recently with industry

Michaela has presented at conferences at a national and international level and lectured to a wide variety of health care professionals on the subject of stoma care. She has also published work in relation to the vulnerable adult with a stoma


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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