What is truth: an inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care

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Kirtley, Alise; Williamson, Toby
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
13 December 2016
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Mental health services, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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In 2014 the Mental Health Foundation began an inquiry into our understanding of some of the most challenging aspects of living with dementia.

The inquiry sought to investigate what these experiences might mean for people living with dementia, carers and family members, and practitioners, and if, why, when and how ‘non-truth’ telling is justified in supporting the wellbeing of the person with dementia with these experiences.

This report is a summary of the key themes that emerged from the inquiry and provides practical examples and guidance.

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