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

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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

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book describes a counseling program developed by NYU for caregivers of a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: Its purpose is to provide a summary of the evidence-based counseling strategies that work best with persons caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. The book gives a description of the counselilng process.
Audience: Social workers will find this most of use. Others who counsel family members caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease will find this bok useful. Healthcare professionals caring for the demented also will find this book of use.
Features: Woven throughout the discussion are vignettes that clearly get across the message of what is at issue with the counseling. At the end of each of the 13 chapters there is a summary of the points covered.
Assessment: More healthcare professionals should know the best ways of counseling family members caring dor a demented person. It would have been helpful to have the citation of the original research and to publish some of the caregiver assessment measures. Not all dementing illnesses are Alzheimer's disease, and some word about any special approaches or features in other dementing illnesses would be of use. This book does not discuss how one arranges for the counseling described — access is a pertinent issue here. With the burgeoning population of the demented, and the desire of caregivers to manage them at home, this book is a good contribution to the field.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579472627
  • Publisher: American Medical Association
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


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
Appendix A: The Caregiver Assessment Battery
Appendix B: Resources

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