Community mental health nursing and supportive care
Supportive care in mental health nursing is a new and previously untested concept. This chapter provides an overview of the role of the community mental health nurse (CMHN) in dementia care and uses the anchor points of the recovery model and the senses framework to develop supportive care within this professional context. A case study on the acceptance and adjustment to an early diagnosis of dementia is presented to ‘flesh out’ a supportive care philosophy. The chapter concludes with the importance of education and a shared understanding on the meaning of supportive care if the approach is to become embedded within the rubric and lexicon of everyday CMHN practice.
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