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Anthea Innes, Debra Morgan, and Jane Farmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344957

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344957.001.0001

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Norwegian remote and rural dementia care

Norwegian remote and rural dementia care

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(p.57) 4 Norwegian remote and rural dementia care
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Remote and Rural Dementia Care
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Oyvind Kirkevold

Kari Midtbo Kristiansen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447344957.003.0004

A fifth of Norwegians (one million people) live rurally and approximately 80,000 rural people currently live with dementia. Diagnosis and follow-up support for people with dementia takes place in municipalities (local government areas). Most municipalities have a memory team that assists general medical practitioners in assessing dementia. In-home care is from district nurses and home helpers employed directly, or through contracts, by the municipalities. An early adopter of national dementia planning, Norway has instituted and adapted several innovative approaches that help to contextualise care to rural places, including service collaborations, joint upskilling and developing local workers that focus on people with dementia. While rural Norwegians with dementia experience many challenges shared internationally, such as long distances to access specialists, rural people tend to benefit from ‘everybody knows everybody’ communities and a relatively stable rural workforce.

Keywords:   Norway, rural areas, dementia, diagnosis, dementia care, dementia plans

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