Dilemmas facing carers of people with dementia

For issues specific to caring for someone with dementia.
Call for debate on dementia care

A debate is needed over the ethical dilemmas facing people caring for dementia patients, experts say.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics wants to help advise carers and is launching a public consultation to gauge opinion on the tricky decisions made.

It has posed a series of questions about the appropriateness of denying freedoms and the use of deception.


The consultation website is
What are the difficult decisions that carers like Denise Lintern face?
It is well-known that people with Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia - develop an independent streak during the mid-stages of the condition. This will lead them to wander away from their carers, potentially putting themselves in danger. Stanley Lintern is no different.

The 65-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 13 years ago, just after taking early retirement from his post as an chartered engineer with the NHS. As the disease developed, his wife Denise became concerned about the way he would take off. Mrs Lintern, 61, from Maidstone in Kent, said: "We were in a shop once and I was paying and he just wandered out. I did not know where he went and it was so worrying."