What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care

This is the report of the major Inquiry about Truth and Lying in Dementia Care, commissioned and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and the ageing population suggests this figure will rise significantly. Around half of these people may be living with different realities.

Carers often have challenging decisions to make when a person is living with different realities and beliefs – something that increases as the dementia accelerates. Should they agree or contradict? What should they say? This report looks to provide guidance in these situations.

Read more

Is it wrong to lie to people with dementia? Read Antonis Kousoulis’s blog

Read the inquiry’s full review of evidence (PDF)

Mental Health Foundation Source: What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care | Mental Health Foundation

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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