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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 –
Acetylcholinesterase
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
not!)

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