Dementia with Lewy Bodies Nursing Care Plan



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Dementia with Lewy Bodies Nursing Care Plan

Dementia with Lewy bodies may account for 10 to 15 percent of all cases of dementia in older people. Lewy bodies are tiny protein deposits found in nerve cells. Their presence in the brain interrupts the action of chemical messengers, and disrupts its way of functioning normally.

With similarities to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it causes impairment of memory, language and reasoning. It can also affect areas of the brain that control movement and balance as well as vision and recognition. People with Lewy body disease may have symptoms which include difficulty moving, which may result in falling and slowness, problems judging differences, hallucinations, agitation and disturbance. The person will experience many of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and may also experience muscle stiffness, trembling of the limbs and a tendency to shuffle when walking. They may also experience hallucinations, seeing things that are not there, and fall asleep during the day and then not sleep at night.

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.

Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the symptoms experienced

Details a comprehensive plan of care to address the issues the resident has

Identifies possible complications

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