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Spouses with partners with dementia living in institutional care develop visiting routines that help to maintain the spousal relationship
  1. Cheryl Holman
  1. Department of Adult Nursing and Primary Care, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cheryl Holman, Department of Adult Nursing and Primary Care, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK; c.holman{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The relationship between a spouse and a person living with dementia living in an institutional setting is important, complex and relatively under-researched.

  • The research implies there is potential for healthcare practitioners to enable and facilitate the couple in sustaining their relationship.


People with dementia may be cared for in institutional settings. This can lead to separation from a partner that may have involved love and emotional and practical care. This study by Førsund et al explored the experiences of 15 spouses in Norway whose partners had dementia and were living in institutional care settings. The …

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