Ms Melander’s inquiry, which included philosophical depth alongside important practice implications, offers new ways of thinking about how nurses care for older people with dementia. As she described, ‘Within the health care context the importance to address and support human needs is often emphasized. However, it is seldom discussed which human needs are essential to human life and why, and which life circumstances each human being are worthy of. The focus on thinking about what a dignified life should include and ensuring that dignity is often missing. To study the capability approach described by Martha Nussbaum within the dementia care context is a way to illuminate which areas that are challenging to attain, and thus may need additional focus and support in order to secure a dignified life for individuals with advanced dementia living in nursing homes.
"It means a lot to me that attention has been given to this article. Older people's rights and living conditions is close to my heart. All people, regardless of age and ability to function, should have opportunities to live a dignified and meaningful life" says Catharina Melander.