This edition draws together many new ideas and practical approaches from a wide variety of professionals working at the leading edge of dementia care. Beginning with the diagnosis of dementia and other problems associated with ageing, this book considers assessment, the person centred model of dementia, rehabilitation and therapy. It outlines practical interventions, illustrated with case studies that provide a stimulating insight into contemporary understanding and practice.
Nursing staff, occupational therapists, residential care workers, social workers and all those in day-to-day contact with elderly people will be inspired by this vital handbook for all care staff.
• Part 1 Setting the scene:
- Attitudes to dementia: A decade of change
- The ‘dementias’
- Physical and emotional problems in later life
• Part 2 Discovery:
- Cognitive and behavioural assessment
- Memory clinics
- A person-centred understanding
- The environmental setting of dementia
- Behavioural, ecobehavioural and functional analysis
• Part 3 Relearning and rehabilitation:
- Neuropsychological impairments and rehabilitation approaches
- Promoting communication skills with people who have dementia
- Responding to the need to toilet
- Activity, occupation and stimulation
• Part 4 Challenging behaviour:
- Working with aggression: prevention and intervention
- Wandering: we walk, they wander!
• Part 5 Therapeutic interventions and family support:
- Building therapeutic relationships with people who have dementia
- Working with psychological distress
- Trauma and dementia
- Medication in the treatment of dementia
- Supporting the families of people with dementia.