Developing Excellent Care for People Living with Dementia in Care Homes

This book could be as useful for relatives caring for someone with dementia as for formal carers.

I particularly liked the beginning, where the task-orientated approach to care in the past is described, in a non-judgemental way, as an illustration of how this could have created anxiety for patients.

It stimulates the reader to contrast and better understand the person-centred approaches championed today.

It is now appreciated that care environments bringing together staff and patient experience lead to ‘outstanding’ Care Quality Commission ratings. The practice could be transferred to other settings. I like the book’s emphasis on valuing staff and creating the culture that enables them to learn, by relating everything back to meeting patients’ basic care needs.

Positive alternatives to negative terminology are offered, for example describing ‘distress reactions’ and using the ABC method to analyse behaviour. This puts work with people who have dementia on a professional level.

Nurses working with people who have dementia in a care home or community inpatient setting will find the book’s practical examples easy to follow and apply.

This is a useful handbook that I would be glad to own.

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