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Book Review: Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: A Guide for Families

★ ★ ★ ★

This guidebook is for family carers of people with learning disabilities who have dementia, and it covers diagnosis, health changes, support strategies and future concerns.

It's informative and includes a range of issues carers are likely to want to know more about, such as signs and symptoms, communication methods and living arrangements.

Because the book is intended to be relevant to lay carers, nurses with a specialist interest in this area may find it limited and lacking critical appraisal of clinical practice.

However, it does explore a number of topics, including terminology, pain, medication, how to recognise health changes, support after diagnosis and individualised care planning.

I would recommend this guide for all those who either care for, or support, people with learning disabilities who have dementia.

Karen Watchman | Jessica Kingsley | £14.99 | 120pp |

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