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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Ann Siem, MSN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: In this concise and thorough book on dementia, the "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature provides a quick overview of the discussion topic, presenting the key points. Oftentimes it also includes an example of how a particular aspect presents in a person with dementia, allowing readers to translate what they've learned into practical applications.
Purpose: The book, which arose from the author's many years of working with people with dementia, as well as her education and research, provides a well-rounded approach to dementia care. As the number of elderly continue to rise, the need for well-trained staff will be critical to care for those with dementia. The book meets the objectives of providing a concise, clear overview of dementia with practical tips for care partners.
Audience: It is intended for all nurses working in a setting providing care to elderly people, particularly elders with dementia. The examples and tips offered in the book can be used across many different nursing settings.
Features: The book begins by defining what dementia is and is not. The section on caring for those with dementia, based on the level of remaining abilities, helps to focus care partners' energy on where they can bridge the gap of abilities vs. disabilities. The book reminds readers throughout that the person with dementia is, first, a person with basic needs just like everyone else. If a person's basic needs are not met, it could lead to potential behavior issues. The book describes these issues and how to work with these behaviors, should they occur. Resources for additional assistance are given at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for nurses working in any care setting with persons with dementia. It provides a clear, common-sense approach to providing nursing care, regardless of whether it is in an emergency room, home, or nursing home.