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Dementia Care at a Glance

With a broad remit, this book aims to be an introductory text that is suitable for professionals, family carers and people with dementia
Dementia care

With a broad remit, this book aims to be an introductory text that is suitable for professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

As such it covers a vast range of topics, from the types and causes of dementia through to interventions and ethical issues, but ultimately the book fails to address any of these areas in enough detail to be useful to most nurses in practice.

It was worrying to see the books inclusion of reality orientation therapy as a recommended intervention, because this approach is now widely considered damaging for people with dementia.

There was also a notable omission of the Admiral Nursing Direct helpline in the chapter on carers issues.

A reading list is included at the end but, given the number of topics that are addressed throughout the text, it appears short. The book would also have benefited from a brief reference

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With a broad remit, this book aims to be an introductory text that is suitable for professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

As such it covers a vast range of topics, from the types and causes of dementia through to interventions and ethical issues, but ultimately the book fails to address any of these areas in enough detail to be useful to most nurses in practice.

It was worrying to see the book’s inclusion of ‘reality orientation’ therapy as a recommended intervention, because this approach is now widely considered damaging for people with dementia.

There was also a notable omission of the Admiral Nursing Direct helpline in the chapter on carers’ issues.

A reading list is included at the end but, given the number of topics that are addressed throughout the text, it appears short. The book would also have benefited from a brief reference list at the end of each chapter.

There is useful information within its pages for nurses who have no previous knowledge of dementia, and some of the illustrations will also be helpful to those new to this area of care.

But those of us with some experience are unlikely to find anything new here and may be better off exploring some of the more nursing-focused introductory texts already published.

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