Dementia Vascular Nursing Care Plan



Ref: CP050

Dementia Vascular Nursing Care Plan

Vascular dementia, sometimes called multi-infarct dementia, accounts for 20 per cent of all types of dementia. It is caused by small blood vessels in the brain becoming blocked which prevents oxygen reaching nearby brain cells, leading eventually to the death of those cells. It is likened to having many tiny strokes in the brain which cause a gradual decline in mental ability.

This type of dementia is usually identified by sudden changes in behaviour. As more of the brain is damaged by these strokes, the dementia starts to resemble Alzheimer’s disease. Vascular disease is treatable and treatment may help to reduce the risk of further incidents to the brain.

People with vascular dementia may experience problems with their speed of thinking, concentration and communication, depression and anxiety, physical weakness or paralysis, memory problems, seizures, or periods of severe, acute confusion. Other symptoms may include visual mistakes, changes in behaviour such as restlessness, difficulties with walking and unsteadiness, hallucinations, and delusions, problems with continence, and psychological issues such as becoming more obsessive.

This care plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will quickly guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, sensitive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Dementia Vascular Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the symptoms experienced

Details a comprehensive plan of care to address the issues

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