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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: Part of the Supportive Care series, this multiauthored book on the supportive care model of caring for persons with dementia and their loved ones combines views from the U.S., the U.K., and the Netherlands.
Purpose: Its purpose is to explore supportive care teams integrating the biomedical, psychological, and social domains of persons with dementing illnesses and their loved ones. The authors provide a wide-ranging discussion of these important topics.
Audience: The caring professionals who orchestrate care for persons with dementia will derive the most benefit from this book. The authors are all experts in their fields and come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Features: The 32 chapters cover a wide range of topics, including the nature of supportive care and caring for specific dementias such as Huntington's disease, HIV, and Down syndrome. Hospitalizations, pain, and pharmacologic management of symptoms are also discussed. Approaches to patients at the advanced stages of dementia are carefully reviewed in several chapters. A fine concluding chapter synthesizes the preceding chapters and gives models and diagrams of the care embodied in the supportive care model.
Assessment: This book underscores that there are many dementing illnesses and that there are early, middle, and late stages of the illness, each with different approaches and goals, and each with a different burden on the loved ones of the demented person. As the disease progresses, these surrogates come to the fore in decision-making and grieving. This book explores the nuances of optimal care for persons with dementia.