Dementia Care / Edition 1

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This book provides a comprehensive research-based source of material, which focuses on the important issue of dementia and family care. It critically examines how dementia is defined, diagnosed and "treated" and provides a new environmentally focused approach to this challenging and growing issue for nurses and other care givers.

Disc. ethical dilemmas, research paradigms, professional practice, young onset dementia, residential care, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Sandy C. Burgener, PhD, MS, RNC(Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: The book draws heavily on writings examining person-centered care and maintenance of the person throughout dementia. It focuses on three primary practice areas: approaches to practice, person-centered practice, and practice systems, drawing heavily on research and writings evolving from Great Britain.
Purpose: The book is intended as a guide to innovative practices for professionals from various disciplines working with persons with dementia. It is intended to focus primarily on person-centered care. These are worthy objectives, considering the overwhelming support for the current medicalization of dementia. The book sets the stage for this, but perhaps goes too far in attempting to describe approaches to meet care needs, palliative care, etc., without really fully addressing these care approaches from a data-based perspective.
Audience: The target audience includes professionals working with persons with dementia. Some chapters, such as the first, are written simply, more at lay level. The authors tend to ramble at times, without making a cohesive link from one area to another, i.e., the subjective voice of dementia to dementia as disability.
Features: The book is unique in that it addresses some areas of concern not addressed by other dementia care texts, such as younger persons with dementia as a subgroup with special care needs and group work with persons with dementia. Other chapters (i.e., communication techniques, physical care needs, palliative care, elder abuse) are commonly found in other books and are often addressed more robustly and scientifically there. The chapter on physical care needs is especially as important areas such as assessing and diagnosing respiratory problems, incontinence care, delirium, etc. are not addressed. It is unclear how the specific care issues were chosen. Other very important areas, such as the diagnostic process, managing passive behaviors, etc., are not addressed although they represent major care concerns for persons with dementia.
Assessment: This book provides a useful perspective in assisting care providers to develop and maintain a person-centered approach to care. Where it falls short is the superficial approach or content for some very complex areas, such as physical care needs. Overwhelmingly, the references used evolve from the U.K., with a very large body of research from other countries being scantily represented, although the richness of this additional research would have strengthened the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702022784
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/9/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Adams PhD MSc RMN RGN Cert Ed. CPN Cert.
Lecturer in Mental Health, European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Trevor Adams is a Lecturer in Mental Health at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey. Following mental health nurse and general nurse training, Trevor worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse Specialising in Older People in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Following completing of the Certificate in Community Psychiatric Nursing at Manchester Polytechnic, Trevor went into nursing education. Trevor completed a MSc Nursing Studies (Brunel University) and has a PhD on Community Mental Health Nursing (University of Surrey). Trevor has written widely on Community Mental Health Nursing to People with Dementia and co-edited "Dementia Care: Developing Partnerships in Practice" (1999) with Dr Charlotte Clarke published by Baillière Tindall.

Jill Manthorpe MA Reader in Community Care, Department of Social Work and Community Health, University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK

Jill Manthorpe is Reader in Community Care at the University of Hull. She has worked in the voluntary sector for many years and is currently Chair of the Hull and East Riding Adult Protection Committee and Chair of the Hull Carers' Strategy Group. She is Vice-Chair of the Social Services Research Group.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: a Partnership Approach to Dementia Care / Dementia Care Partnerships: Knowledge, Ownership and Exchange / Developing Partnership in Dementia Care: a Discursive Model of Practice / Western Medicine and Dementia: a Deconstruction / Ethical Dilemmas in Dementia Care / Towards a Partnership in Maintaining Personhood / Communication in Dementia Care: a Partnership Approach / This Is Your Life: Research Paradigms in Dementia Care / Keeping a Distance: the Reactions of Older People in Care Homes to Confused Fellow Residents / the Family Caring Experiences of Married Women in Dementia Care / the Long Goodbye: the Experience of Loss in Husbands Who Care for a Wife with Dementia / the Early Experience of Alzheimer's Disease: Implications for Partnership and Practice / Young-Onset Dementia / Professional Practice with People with Dementia and Their Family Carers: Help or Hindrance? / Developing Partnership in the Work of Community Psychiatric Nurses with Older People with Dementia / Attitudes Towards Dementia Care: Education and Morale in Health-Care Teams / Partnership in Dementia Care: Taking It Forward.

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