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Book review: Confused, Angry, Anxious? Why working with older people in care can be really difficult & what to do about it

Head of nursing care, Sue Paxton reviews Confused, Angry, Anxious? Why working with older people in care can be really difficult & what to do about it

Confused, Angry, Anxious? Why working with older people in care can be really difficult & what to do about it

Bo Hejlskov Elvén, Charlotte Agger and Iben Ljungmann

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

£12.99 | 192pp

ISBN:  9781785922152

Although uninteresting at first glance, this book certainly breathes new life into our understanding of how and why caring for older people can be frustrating and how behaviour that challenges can be prevented and managed. This book delivers a fascinating and uplifting read for staff of all levels, particularly those without mental health experience.

Informal carers of those with dementia could also benefit from reading this book. The content is organised in three parts; the first covers the principles underpinning behaviour followed by interesting and relevant case and action plans.

The final part includes a useful section on study materials which suggest how staff can be guided to learn from the book. A reference section directs the reader to readings and studies which are invaluable for continuing professional development.

This is an essential read for all nurses, professionals and carers.


Reviwed by Sue Paxton, head of nursing and care at The Leonard Pulham Nursing Home, Buckinghamshire.

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