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Jo-Ann Brown

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: New South Wales Health And Medicine > Diseases, Disorders And Syndromes
Legal > Penal And Parole
To investigate effective care programs for people living with dementia in prison - New Zealand, USA
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Key Learnings and Conclusions

  • Lack of awareness of the early signs of dementia mean many inmates with dementia go unnoticed until their changed behaviours give rise for concern
  • A person-centred care approach is imperative for the inmate-patient due to the diverse range of causes of cognitive impairment and dementia amongst their cohort including Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual disability, drug and alcohol abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and age-related causes
  • Risk management is key to quality health care to ensure the safety of the person with dementia, the custodial and health staff, the other inmates and the community at large
  • Inmate-peer assistance provides quality, cost-effective care to those with dementia and benefits all stakeholders
  • Dementia-specific training for all health and custodial staff as well as inmate-peer assistants is vital to the delivery of good health care for, and the wellbeing of, the inmate-patient
  • Social and physical stimulation is vital for the wellbeing of all inmates before and after a diagnosis of dementia
  • Collaborative, holistic and integrated care from assessment to death ensures the human rights of the inmate-patient are met
  • Safe and compassionate release of ageing, dying prisoners into community care has human, social and economic benefits for all stakeholders. 

 

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