The nurse’s role in the assessment and management of young-onset frontotemporal dementia within a community setting

Chapter Three: Interventions
• Critically analyse and evaluate some of the interventions used in practice for meeting the needs of the client
group of your choice (as identified in the preceding chapter!)
Non-pharmacological interventions –
Examples Frontotemporal dementia in young-onset in community.
Environmental – noise, lightning, toileting, going to an old address. These which can cause behavioural
symptoms of aggression etc.
Carers strain/education or lack of
Communication – aphasia leading to frustration in family or carer can understand what the client is trying to say.
Speech and language therapy
Music therapy
Digital applications
Pharmacological –
Sleep issues leading to behavioural issues. Uses of melatonin or zopiclone (not long term)
Antipsychotics e.g., risperidone (off licenced) however some antipsychotic can increase agitation, aggression
and behaviour symptoms.
Side-effects from the use of medication
Ultimately want to keep people in the community rather than admissions (last resort) depending on risk.
o Tip: Consider interventions seen in clinical practice and consult the relevant NICE guidelines to see which
interventions are currently being recommended and then consider research supporting their effectiveness (or

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