One Day At A Time / Edition 1

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Overview

One Day at a Time is potentially a landmark text in understanding care provision needs of families in a changing social context. Its applied and holistic orientation reflects an exceptional level of experiential insight and of scholarship that should ensure both relevance and widespread appeal. This book not only provides readers with a practical theoretical framework, but also incorporates applications that are imaginative, and yet simple to implement. (From the Foreword by Dr. Otto von Mering and Dr. Leon Earle)

Dementia attacks not only the body, but in particular the mind and the very personhood of the patient. For family members, the alteration in the person's identity and the loss of a shared past and shared memories is devasting. The purpose of this book is to show how families go about day-to-day living with this condition. Le Navenec and Vonhof provide a holistic view of caring as a reciprocal relationship that involves all members of the family as well as their surrounding social network. The book is intended primarily for professionals, educators, and students in the fields of geriatrics, nursing, rehabilitation, social work, gerontology, family sociology, medical anthropology, and family therapy. Family members who are caring for an older person may also benefit from reading about the experiences of others.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book gives a sociological study of the different ways in which families care for demented persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate how families' different styles of managing shape the care given to demented individuals and the implications of this phenomenon for the caregiving network.
Audience: The audience for this book is professionals and educators in the fields of geriatrics, nursing and rehabilitation, social work, gerontology, family sociology, medical anthropology, and family therapy.
Features: This compact handsome book has extensive well-cited references and features numerous appendixes that diagram the sociological relationships of the families for whom case studies are given.
Assessment: The variability of an individual's response to illness is well known. What is presented in this book is the other side of the coin: how variable families are constructed and how variable are their responses to caring for demented family members. What is missing are applications of this knowledge in providing care for these families as they in turn care for demented family members. This book should be especially useful for health care professionals who grapple with families in their professioal work.
David O. Staats
This book gives a sociological study of the different ways in which families care for demented persons. The purpose is to demonstrate how families' different styles of managing shape the care given to demented individuals and the implications of this phenomenon for the caregiving network. The audience for this book is professionals and educators in the fields of geriatrics, nursing and rehabilitation, social work, gerontology, family sociology, medical anthropology, and family therapy. This compact handsome book has extensive well-cited references and features numerous appendixes that diagram the sociological relationships of the families for whom case studies are given. The variability of an individual's response to illness is well known. What is presented in this book is the other side of the coin: how variable families are constructed and how variable are their responses to caring for demented family members. What is missing are applications of this knowledge in providing care for these families as they in turn care for demented family members. This book should be especially useful for health care professionals who grapple with families in their professioal work.
Booknews
Based on a two-year qualitative study, the volume explores the nature of dementia within a family context when one member of the family has been diagnosed as having the disease. It introduces three theoretical perspectives on family caregiving: the family stress perspective, the symbolic interactionist perspective, and family systems-- focusing on how the family changes in response to the different phases of the illness. The final chapters investigate how families manage what is happening to them, divided into two systems, open and closed managing styles, and including 10 case studies with additional suggestions for future directions in long-term care policy. The appendices provide demographic profiles, and visual "gestalts" of open and closed style families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692572
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLE-LYNNE LE NAVENEC is an Associate Professor of Family & Community Mental Health Nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary.

TINA VONHOF is a researcher and consultant on aging and elder care in Calgary.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Theoretical Perspectives on Family Caregiving 19
3 Phases of the Illness Career 39
4 Styles of Managing 67
5 Open-style Families with a Solution-oriented Substyle 93
6 Open-style Families with a Comfort-oriented Substyle 107
7 Closed-style Families with a Compliance-oriented Substyle 119
8 Closed-style Families with an Efficiency-oriented Substyle 135
9 Closed-style Families with a Rehabilitation-oriented Substyle 151
10 Conclusion 163
Appendix 1. Demographic Profile of Families 181
Appendix 2. Visual Gestalts for Open-style Families 185
Appendix 3. Visual Gestalts for Closed-style Families 195
Glossary 205
Author Index 211
Subject Index 217
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