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From The CriticsReviewer: Deborah L. Garrelts, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a practical guide for all staff working in long-term care facilities to help them identify, evaluate, and treat the large number of residents who have psychiatric disorders. The previous edition was published in 1992.
Purpose: The purpose is to help staff at all levels be able to recognize, understand, and help in the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral problems that are frequently encountered in long-term care facilities, which will help to improve the quality of life for these residents.
Audience: The audience is staff employed by long-term care facilities — from physicians to nurses' aides — who interact with the residents and provide their care.
Features: The authors provide background information concerning mental health issues in long-term care facilities. They then outline and provide practical guidance on the evaluation and management of the primary psychiatric disorders seen in residents of long-term care facilities such as dementia, delirium, mood and anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. The book provides information for treatment plans including both psychopharmacology and behavioral strategies. It has wonderful case illustrations and provides family information sheets to help staff educate the residents' families about mental health issues.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book for all levels of staff working in long-term care facilities to help improve the care of mental health issues in a growing population. Education of all staff interacting with residents needs to be enhanced in order to provide the utmost care to these residents. The book should be required reading for staff hired by facilities so that they have a better understanding and are more adept in dealing with residents with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral problems. The book is practical, easy to read and understand.