Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia

Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia

by Eilon Caspi
Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia

Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia

by Eilon Caspi

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Overview

Professional care providers can learn ways to avoid one of the most challenging and costly problems to occur in care settings: Interactions between residents that lead to serious harm. Most of these episodes are preventable. Understanding what may provoke a person with dementia to respond in a physically or verbally harmful manner is the key to prevention and mitigation.

This book provides the first care standard for the field, presenting practical tools and instruction on how to identify contributing factors, causes, unmet needs, and triggers that commonly lead to serious distress or injury, sometimes even death. Emphasizing compassionate, person-directed care practices, author Eilon Caspi describes strategies for preventing and de-escalating situations before, during, and after harmful resident-to-resident interactions. Dozens of real-life examples are included. Based on extensive research and proven behavioral analysis, this valuable resource:

• Identifies dozens of factors that contribute to harmful interactions

• Describes which factors can be modified and which cannot, and how to work with them either way

• Creates opportunities to improve resident and staff well-being and safety

• Delivers a wealth of useful intervention tools and strategies

• Provides access to downloadable assessment and planning tools with detailed instructions on how to use them

This critical resource will inform training programs and daily practice for direct care staff, interdisciplinary care teams, and long-term care administrators. The recommended approaches will help providers meet federal nursing home regulations, avoid unnecessary legal liabilities, and enjoy cost savings from reduced resident-to-resident incidents. A safer and more harmonious experience can be achieved for all who live or work in care homes.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938870538
Publisher: Health Professions Press
Publication date: 11/05/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 793,500
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Eilon Caspi, Ph.D., is a gerontologist and dementia behavior specialist. He is the founder and director of Dementia Behavior Consulting LLC and a founding member, advisor, and board member of Elder Voice Family Advocates. He currently works as an assistant research professor at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy at the University of Connecticut. He serves as a board member of the Long Term Care Community Coalition (NYC). He has worked his entire adult life in the aging field, serving in various roles including social worker, consultant, applied researcher, educator, author, volunteer, and elder care advocate.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction

SECTION I. SPECTRUM OF DHRRIS AND HOW TO APPROACH THEM

  1. Spectrum and Consequences
  2. Principles for Approaching DHRRIs

SECTION II. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, CAUSES, AND TRIGGERS

  1. Resident’s History and Background Factors
  2. Situational Causes and Triggers
  3. Factors in the Physical Environment
  4. Factors Related to Care Partners

SECTION III. PREVENTION AND DE-ESCALATION STRATEGIES

  1. Procedures and Strategies at the Organizational Level
  2. Proactive Measures
  3. Immediate Strategies During Episodes
  4. Post-Episode Strategies

APPENDIX
A. Assessment Tools and Processes for Prevention of DHRRIs

Index

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