Palliative Care for Advanced Alzheimer's and Dementia: Guidelines and Standards for Evidence-Based Care

Palliative Care for Advanced Alzheimer's and Dementia: Guidelines and Standards for Evidence-Based Care

by Gary Martin
     
 

"This book provides important information on best practices and appropriate ways to care for a person with Alzheimer's and advanced dementia. Drs. Martin and Sabbagh have assembled a team of experts to help craft recommendations that should ultimately become standards that all professional caregivers adopt."

-Michael Reagan

Son of former President

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Overview

"This book provides important information on best practices and appropriate ways to care for a person with Alzheimer's and advanced dementia. Drs. Martin and Sabbagh have assembled a team of experts to help craft recommendations that should ultimately become standards that all professional caregivers adopt."

-Michael Reagan

Son of former President Ronald Reagan

President, Reagan Legacy Foundation

This book testifies that caregivers can have a monumental impact on the lives of persons with advanced dementia. Through specialized programming and a renewed effort toward patient-centered care, caregivers can profoundly enrich the quality of life for these persons. Providing guidelines for health care professionals, caregivers, and family members, this book introduces palliative care programs and protocols for the treatment of people with advanced dementia.

The book is designed to guide professional caregivers in meeting the needs of patients and their families, providing insight into the philosophy, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation measures involved in interdisciplinary palliative care. The chapter authors offer guidelines and standards of care based on contributions from nurses, physical therapists, social workers, dietitions, psychologists, family caregivers and pastors. An exhibit at the end of every chapter clearly articulates the standards of care appropriate for all advanced dementia facilities and health care staff.

This book helps caregivers:


  • Enhance the physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of the patient and the patient's family
  • Anticipate and meet the patient's basic human needs: hunger, thirst, body positioning, hygiene, continence, and management of any pain
  • Ensure that the patient's surroundings are safe, comfortable, and homelike
  • Address health care decisions that will support the patient's right to self-determination until the end of life

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826106759
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Reagan Reagan, Michael

Preface

Acknowledgments

SECTION I INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT OF ADVANCED DEMENTIA

1 Determining and Defining Advanced Dementia 3

2 The Continuum of Care 11

3 Caregiving 25

SECTION II PROTECTING DIGNITY FOR THE PATIENT WITH DEMENTIA: ESTABLISHING AN ENVIRONMENT AND CAREGIVING STANDARDS

4 Personhood 43

5 Creating the Optimal Milieu for Care 55

6 Managing Behavior Problems Associated With Advanced Dementia 65

7 Assessing and Addressing Pain 83

8 Ensuring the Appropriate Use of Medications in Advanced Dementia 93

SECTION III MANAGING ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

9 Eating and Nutrition 107

10 Dressing and Grooming 117

11 Bowel and Bladder Management 123

12 Ambulation and Mobility 131

13 Bathing 147

SECTION IV PROVIDING FOR OTHER HEALTHCARE NEEDS

14 Activities Programming 155

15 Cultural Diversity 171

16 Healthcare Decisions for Persons With Advanced Dementia 239

17 The Continuum of Grief 259

18 Establishing Healthcare-Related Legal Options for the Vulnerable Patient 271

Glossary 281

Appendix A Professional and Caregiver Resources for Advanced Dementia 289

Appendix B Cultural Resources on the Web 293

Appendix C Federal Guidelines for Providing Culturally Sensitive Care 297

Appendix D Cultural Heritage Assessment Form 299

Index 303

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