Fast Facts for Dementia Care: What Nurses Need to Know in a Nutshell [NOOK Book]


"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."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"This is an excellent resource not only for nurses, but for allied health professionals, as well. The writing is engaging and concise, while also covering the essentials of ...

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"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."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"This is an excellent resource not only for nurses, but for allied health professionals, as well. The writing is engaging and concise, while also covering the essentials of physical and psychosocial care for persons with dementia. The book contents move beyond a purely medical model to embrace a more contemporary and comprehensive person-centered care approach. Helpful communication strategies are explored as well as care management across the continuum of a progressive dementia."

Lisa Snyder, L.C.S.W.

Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

University of California, San Diego

Author, Speaking Our Minds - What it's Like to Have Alzheimer's and Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's

"Carol Miller's commitment to holistic care of the person with dementia is evident in this book. Anyone who is a caregiver for someone with dementia will find this to be a valuable resource."

Patricia Fuehr, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Master Faculty Specialist

Western Michigan University

School of Nursing

"From her opening Preface to the closing pages of index topics, Ms. Miller fulfills her promise to give us the "Fast Facts for Dementia Care" and she does so in a simple and orderly progression Her lists and Tables, Fast Facts in a Nutshell, and Resources in a Nutshell are just packed with useful care applications. Having been one of the care partners for my mother who had dementia of the Alzheimer's type, I can attest to how "right on" Ms. Miller's book is in addressing the important topics relating to dementia care. As a nurse, I found this book exceptional in its thorough and holistic coverage of this very challenging topic. From cover to cover, clinical facts are clear and clinical insights ring true! I highly recommend Fast Facts for Dementia Care to nurses, other health professionals and care partners of persons with dementia."

Joanne P. Stuimer, RN, BSN

Retired, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

"Fast Facts for Dementia Care: What Nurses Need to Know in a Nutshell by Carol A. Miller, MSN isn't just a book for nurses. It should interest any professional who works with older adults with dementia and needs a condensed version of current and critical evidence-based practice to provide optimal care. That includes social workers and countless others. There are many impressive aspects of the book, from its Clinical Snapshots to its Resources in a Nutshell. However, given my particular background, I was most taken by the chapter on Ethical and Legal Issues, with its clarity on individual rights, description of essential legal documents, and particularly its inclusion of elder abuse and how to address this problem that disproportionately affects those with dementia."

Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW

President, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University

"Fast Facts for Dementia Care, written by Carol Miller, MSN presents the topic of dementia in a clear and concise format. Not only is it easy to read, but helps one understand all the issues that people with dementia face, as well as those caring for people with dementia. I especially like the 'clinical snapshot' portion of the book. These quick vignettes help the reader to associate real life situations and offers solutions for them. She addresses all the aspects of dementia care including what is dementia, managing behaviors associated with dementia, and end of life care; she does all this while focusing on the "person-centered" approach. This book is a 'must have' for anyone who is associated with people who are afflicted with any stage of dementia."

Karen Wajda, RN, MSN

Client Services Manager

Home Instead Senior Care

Nurse Educator, Ursuline College

This newest addition to the Fast Facts series is a succinct guide for nurses in adult health clinical settings on how to provide person-centered care for patients who have dementia as a concurrent condition. With an easy-access format, it offers the most up-to-date information on dementia and provides strategies for clinical management that facilitate the nurse's work while improving care for patients.

The book presents specific care strategies for all stages of dementia and emphasizes relatively simple interventions that nurses can incorporate into their care plans to prevent problems or address them before they escalate. The guide distinguishes between dementia and conditions that mimic dementia, discusses issues related to specific care settings, presents person-centered strategies for families and care partners, and covers the assessment and management of pain, safety concerns, communication strategies, and ethical and legal issues. It additionally provides numerous resources that nurses can offer to caregivers. Fast Facts for Dementia Care will serve as a daily companion for all clinical nurses who work with older patients in any setting, including the emergency room, medical-surgical unit, medical office, and community mental health settings.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use and carry in all patient settings
  • Provides communication techniques for different stages of dementia
  • Describes numerous interventions for addressing issues such as pain, safety, behaviours, and ADLs
  • Includes the "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature for quick reference
  • Illustrates content with case vignettes

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826120373
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Carol A. Miller, MSN, RN-BC, is a Clinical Instructor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Care & Counseling, Private Geriatric Care Practice. She is author of Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults 6, which received an AJN Book of the Year Award in Gerontology, and Nurse's Toolbook for Promoting Wellness. Ms. Miller has published more than 100 nursing articles and textbook chapters. She has taught at Cleveland State University and The University of Akron, among others. Ms. Miller has served as a spokesperson for a national health education campaign on issues related to care giving, which involved appearances on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including Good Morning America.
Ms. Miller has served on the professional advisory board of the Alzheimer's Association and is widely recognized as an expert in care of older adults. Her expertise in person-centered care for people with dementia comes from over three decades of clinical practice, research, and writing. Clinical settings include a geropsychiatric program, inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, long-term care settings, and home and community settings. Since 1990, Ms. Miller has addressed needs of people with dementia and their care partners in many settings as a consultant, advisor, and direct care provider through her geriatric care management practice.

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Table of Contents


1 Defining dementia

2 Distinguishing between dementia and delirium

3 Identifying conditions that mimic dementia

4 Keeping up to date on options for management


5 Providing person-centered care for people with dementia

6 Addressing issues commonly associated with mild dementia

7 Addressing issues commonly associated with moderate dementia

8 Addressing issues commonly associated with advanced dementia


9 Issues related to specific care settings

10 Assessing and managing pain

11 Addressing safety issues: falls, restraints, wandering

12 Communicating with people who have dementia


13 Dementia-associated behaviors

14 Issues related to daily activities


15 Ethical and legal issues

16 Nursing strategies to address caregiver needs

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