Dementia, Culture and Ethnicity: Issues for All
Person-centred dementia care has been emphasised in health services for a number of years. However, one fundamental but rarely considered aspect of such care is the importance of a person’s culture or ethnicity.
The authors of this book present a comprehensive but accessible guide to how practitioners can help people living with dementia to maintain their cultural and ethnic practices or beliefs.
The book is timely in light of the recent publication of various health education frameworks that serve to enhance the care that all practitioners, irrespective of their grade or the healthcare setting in which they work, provide to people with dementia.
For example, the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework, which was launched in England in October 2015, includes a section dedicated to culture and ethnicity.
The philosophy advocated by the authors is to embrace person-centred care. This approach is supported by the experts, namely the people living with dementia whose stories are chronicled in the book in a meaningful and powerful way.
Overall, this is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the importance of culture and ethnicity in the provision of dementia care.