Book review: Dementia Care; A Practical Approach

Senior lecturer Nichola Barlow reviews Dementia Care: A Practical Approach

Dementia Care: A Practical Approach

Grahame Smith

CRC Press

£24.99 | 185pp

ISBN: 9781482245738

Here we have a comprehensive overview of dementia care, supported by research-based evidence. The authors’ writing style is easy-to-read, making the content accessible to nursing students and those with an interest in the field of dementia care.

Each chapter is well structured and provides a scenario, a summary and points for reflection. The scenarios demonstrate how each individual’s experience of dementia and the care required and received is unique and will change as the disease progresses. Chapter five provides insight into the risk assessment and how this can provide an opportunity to empower the individual and the carer – rather than limiting life experiences.

The book is primarily aimed at nursing students, however, the authors have successfully engaged with those living with dementia, their families and carers who contributed substantially to the content throughout; this helps the reader gain insight into the lived experience. 

This text has the potential to be helpful for anyone working in dementia care and in some cases for informal carers too, providing a useful reference text for those working in the field as a personal or library copy.

Reviewed by Dr Nichola Barlow, senior lecturer, School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield

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