Counseling the Alzheimer's Caregiver: A Resource for Health Care Professionals / Edition 1

Counseling the Alzheimer's Caregiver: A Resource for Health Care Professionals / Edition 1

by Ama, Mary S. Mittelman, Cynthia Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 1579472621

ISBN-13: 9781579472627

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: American Medical Association

An introductory chapter covers essential background information pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and A D. It reviews the stages of AD in detail, including effects on the patient, the caregiver, and the role of the counselor. Subsequent chapters discuss assessing the caregiver and creating an intervention plan tailored to that

Overview

An introductory chapter covers essential background information pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and A D. It reviews the stages of AD in detail, including effects on the patient, the caregiver, and the role of the counselor. Subsequent chapters discuss assessing the caregiver and creating an intervention plan tailored to that individual's needs, including family and adhoc counseling, when appropriate. The final chapters offer practical advice for the counselor to offer when addressing the many issues surrounding caring for the AD patient. They also address aberrant behaviors, relationship-related issues, ways to seek support for the patient living at home, nursing home and other residential care information and finally end-of-life topics. Provides proven strategies to help caregivers deal with Alzheimer's Disease Drawing on lessons learned during 15 years of empirical clinical treatment intervention, this manual is an invaluable resource for health care providers who work with families caring for and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patient. Counseling the Alzheimer's Caregiver provides proven strategies to help caregivers deal with the enormous physical and emotional stress of caring for a loved one with AD and significantly improve the level of patient care. This resource outlines, in detail, the symptoms of AD at each stage and the roles of caregiver and counselor from the initial diagnosis to after the patient's death. It teaches health care providers how to create for caregivers individualized intervention plans that cover everything from managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of AD to maintaining their own well-being. The resource also provides information on formal support services for patients living at home, as well as guidance on making the decision to place the patient in a residential facility. More than 80 percent of AD patients receive care from family or other non-formal help

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579472627
Publisher:
American Medical Association
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Alzheimer’s Disease: Essential Background Information
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease
The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
The Effects of Caregiving on Families

Chapter 2: Assessment
Components of the Assessment
Clinical Impressions
Sample Assessment Summary

Chapter 3: Counseling the Caregiver
Conditions of the Counseling Arrangement
The Counseling Process
Counseling Techniques and Strategies

Chapter 4: Family Counseling
Preparing for Family Involvement
The Family Counseling Process
Understanding the Family

Chapter 5: Ad Hoc Counseling
The Benefits of Ad Hoc Counseling
Introducing Ad Hoc Counseling Services to the Caregiver
The Ad Hoc Counseling Process
What the Counselor Can Learn From Ad Hoc Calls
Suggestions for Implementing Ad Hoc Counseling

Chapter 6: Support Groups for the Caregiver
Benefits of the Support Group Process
Who Should Be Referred to a Support Group?
What Should a Counselor Consider About a Support Group When Making a Referral?
How to Prepare a Caregiver for a Support Group

Chapter 7: Helping Caregivers Adapt to Change
Adapting to the Caregiving Role
How Counseling Can Help Caregivers
Emotional Reactions Over the Course of the Illness
Lifestyle Changes
Financial Issues

Chapter 8: Relationship-Related Issues
Meaning of Loss of the Relationship With the Patient
Spouse Caregivers
Adult Child Caregivers
Other Caregivers

Chapter 9: Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Understanding and Responding to Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Creating an AD-Friendly Environment
Changing Lifestyles
The Most Common Difficult Behaviors Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease

Chapter 10: Medical Care for the Person With AD
Routine Health Care for the AD Patient
Medical Emergencies
Hospitalization of the AD Patient

Chapter 11: Formal Services for the Patient at Home
The Decision to Care for the Patient at Home
Choosing Living Arrangements
Formal Services for In-Home Care

Chapter 12: Residential Care
The Decision to Place a Relative With AD in a Residential Facility
Choosing a Residential Facility for a Person With AD
The Placement Process
The Caregiver’s Role After Placement

Chapter 13: The End Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, Death, and Bereavement
The End Stage of AD
The Caregiver’s Role at the End Stage of AD
Addressing Medical Care Issues
Death of the Patient
Autopsy
Appendix A: The Caregiver Assessment Battery
Appendix B: Resources
Bibliography

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