ACL and NADRC Issue Brief (2015): Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone

2015 NADRC:
Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone

People with dementia who live alone are at high risk for self-neglect, malnutrition, medication errors, financial exploitation, and other unmet care needs. Identifying people living alone with dementia is a primary challenge to meeting their needs. This report provides background on the prevalence of people living alone with dementia, availability of a family caregiver, and the types of unmet care needs individuals experience. Authors emphasize the importance of ensuring safety and supporting autonomy and provide a range of innovative policies and practices.

Also: Decision Making: autonomy, capacity, care planning, competency, ethics, financial capacity, informed consent, shared decision-making, care management; Live Alone: live-alones, single person, widowhood, unmarried