The Harsh Realities of Alzheimer's Care: An Insider's View of How People with Dementia Are Treated in Institutions

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The Harsh Realities of Alzheimer's Care: An Insider's View of How People with Dementia Are Treated in Institutions is the first book of its kind. Written by an eminent geriatric psychiatrist who has worked with dementia patients in more than 70 facilities, the book distills all he has learned about dementia care, for better and, more often, for worse.

Both a shocking exposé and a practical guide, the book takes readers into nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and ...

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The Harsh Realities of Alzheimer's Care: An Insider's View of How People with Dementia are Treated in Institutions

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Overview

The Harsh Realities of Alzheimer's Care: An Insider's View of How People with Dementia Are Treated in Institutions is the first book of its kind. Written by an eminent geriatric psychiatrist who has worked with dementia patients in more than 70 facilities, the book distills all he has learned about dementia care, for better and, more often, for worse.

Both a shocking exposé and a practical guide, the book takes readers into nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. It reveals the inadequacies and dangers of these institutions, detailing issues that result in poor care including federal standards for minimum staff training that are, in some cases, lower than those established for dog groomers. The author cites improvements that must be made in emergency rooms and inpatient psychiatric facilities treating victims of dementia, and he documents the downside of memory clinics.

But there are steps caregivers can take to protect their loved ones—and themselves. Each chapter concludes with "reality lessons" that offer practical, affordable strategies for coping with dementia's many challenges.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword Julie K. Silver vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Hidden Needs in Dementia Care Today xi

1 The Syndrome of Dementia: Myths, Misunderstandings, Progress, and Setbacks 1

2 My Experience with Alzheimer's Disease 21

3 Caregivers, Costs, and Concerns 27

4 The Nursing Home: Unrealistic Expectations 41

5 The Assisted Living Facility: Pristine Living with a Catch 57

6 Respite Care: More Then Just a Break 69

7 The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: All Those Resources but So Little Time 77

8 Memory Clinics and Clinical Research Trials: Treatment vs. Recruitment 87

9 Mental Capacity and Decision Making in Dementia: The Changing of the Will 95

10 The Shrinking Workforce: Why Isn't There an Old Age Doctor in the House? 105

11 Reasons for Hope: Strategies for Improving Quality of Life for Those Affected by Dementia 113

Appendix: Select Sections of Current Nursing Home Federal Regulations 119

Works Cited 137

Suggested Resources 145

Index 147

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