Meeting the religious needs of residents with dementia

Nurs Older People. 2013 Nov;25(9):25-9. doi: 10.7748/nop2013.


This article considers practical strategies to help nurses working in care homes meet the religious needs of people with dementia, including attending services in homes or churches, supporting them in private prayer and at the end of life. It also considers the characteristics of person-centred care for such residents and how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 may be called on to support religious needs as dementia advances. To achieve good practice in all these aspects, staff in care homes should work in partnership with local faith communities and ensure they are aware of residents' life histories and preferences, including their faith practices. The focus of the article is on meeting the needs of Christian residents. For residents from other faith groups living in care homes not affiliated to their faith, the same general approach to meeting religious needs could be adopted as a starting point.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dementia / nursing
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Religion*