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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia E. H. Vermeersch, B.S., M.S., PhD., RN (Wright State University)
Description: This new book furnishes professionals in long-term care with suggestions to enhance care to persons with late-stage dementia. Based on the hospice model of palliative care, a variety of experts provide chapters on program development, treatment for common needs, and special issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe what the care of the person with late-stage dementia is "supposed to be like," that is, the needed perspective, physical environment, and programming. Chapters cover a wide range of topics, including administration, communication techniques, personal care, legal issues, and family concerns.
Audience: Although targeted for professionals in long-term care, caregivers and professional students in other settings will find this text helpful, especially when giving direct care to persons with late-stage dementia.
Features: Each chapter is written by an expert in that particular area and includes many practical care suggestions and at least one case example to illustrate specific points. When possible, the authors include research findings and actual assessment tools for the reader. References are timely and pertinent.
Assessment: This is a useful book for all professionals involved in the care of persons with late-stage dementia. For those in long-term care it clearly builds on other work, avoiding topics covered elsewhere in the literature and presenting only what applies directly to this special population of residents. In an era of increasing numbers of older adults with dementia, this book provides practical hope to caregivers in all settings.