Recommendations for successful sensory screening in older adults with dementia in long-term care: a qualitative environmental scan of Canadian specialists

  • Walter Wittich, Fiona Höbler, Jonathan Jarry, Katherine S McGilton
  • BMJ Open, January 2018, BMJ
  • DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019451

How to detect vision or hearing loss in older adults with dementia

Photo by Zulmaury Saavedra on Unsplash

Photo by Zulmaury Saavedra on Unsplash

What is it about?

We decided to ask specialists in vision and hearing care that have experience working with older adults that have dementia how to best screen for sensory impairment. The study summarizes their recommendations, specifically for nurses that work in long-term care facilities where sensory and cognitive impairments are very common.

Why is it important?

Many times, care providers are unaware that their communication difficulties with their clients that also have dementia are actually partially caused by problems with vision and hearing. By overcoming these problems, care will improve and so will the quality of life for the patients or clients.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This project is linked to a larger investigation where we study the importance of vision and hearing in the context of dementia, and how both can influence each other

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