(PDF) Decision making for people living with dementia

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Should a person living with dementia be involved in decision makingregarding their health care?IntroductionThis study tends to focus on the scenario that is based on the arguments. The arguments is abouta person having dementia requires to be involved in decision-making related to their healthcare.It is known that people having dementia might have complexities to make decisions. However,they might be able to make different decisions other than their healthcare. In addition, it can besaid that people with dementia find it difficult to remember and requires help in makingdecisions.DiscussionDementia is considered to be a major disorders of neurocognitive. Therefore, as this disorderprogress, making of decision might be more difficult for the individuals having dementia. In thissituation, these types of people need surrogate decision makers in order to be associated inmaking important decisions related to their health. However, it also has been obtained thatindividuals with dementia and other advanced disorders might be able to consider values andchoices. This is why, people with dementia tend to be involved in the process of decisionmaking. This can directly have an impact on the lives of them. Consequently, it is an ethicalconsiderations for healthcare professionals to provide maximum opportunities to people withdementia. This can result in reflection of their values and maintaining a central role to decision-making (Hamieh et al. 2019).Moreover, as people who are having dementia might fail to remember daily activities and otheraspects regarding their lives, surrogate decision makers are responsible to make decisions onbehalf of them. This can be related to their treatment, medical care as well as financialpreferences. According to the report, dementia is one of the primary disorders that causealterations in the brain. This might affect behavior, mood or cause distress. According toFetherstonhaugh et al. ( 2017), this types of expressions might be involved with complexities toexpress requirements and needs of an individual.It has been established that people who are suffering from dementia are not able to communicatewith others related to decision making in the present and future. Due to the fact, advancedhealthcare planning can help a person to demonstrate values and preferences with family orfriends regarding treatment and future plans.Additionally, it might be stated that it is vital for an individual having dementia to discuss wayswith healthcare professionals that can be helpful to relieve stress. Therefore, they can not bedirectly involved in making decisions, but can express preferences and values. It is vital toremember that the person suffering from dementia has right to decide what treatment andmedicines will be included in healthcare services.ConclusionIt can be concluded that people who are diagnosed with dementia might respond differently totheir healthcare plan. symptoms of dementia might make it harder for a people to manage
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