May 08, 2015

book reveiw by health care professional Lauretta Kaldor “ A guide for family carers dealing with behaviours in people with dementia”


As a diversional therapist working with a client living with dementia one has to work with the carers as well. Many need support on how to deal with behaviours that have developed in the loved one who has dementia. “ A guide for family carers dealing with behaviours in people with dementia” is a really good reference for both the therapist and the carer. It is a collaborative spiral-bound book from DCRC, DBMAS and circulated through Alzheimer’s’ Australia.
The overview gives a general understanding for the reader.Sometimes one needs more than just a brief explanation on each of the typical challenging behaviours and this book fills that need. 
Behaviours are listed alphabetically and separated for easy reference. Behaviours are aggression, anxiety, apathy, calling out, delusions and hallucinations, depression, sleep pattern changes, social inappropriate behaviours  and wandering.
This book is a good reference book while directed at family carers is appropriate for any staff member working with dementia clients. The diversional therapist is often asked about what activities can the family member or staff carer in the home can do with the person they care for. So it is essential to understand behavioural changes in a dementia client. The compact size and setting out makes it very portable. I recommend this resource to those who are carer support leaders in their
communities.

This Guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to deal with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The evidence supporting the content of this document is included as Appendix 8 of the unabridged Guide to Good Practice. An electronic version with all appendices is accessible via the DCRC website www.dementiaresearch.org.au. To access: select the large 'project search' button on the right hand panel, and in the 'project title/description' section search for 'BPSD'.

Each module of this family carer Guide relates to a specific behaviour or psychological symptom and includes:
* A description of the behaviour or psychological symptom and what it looks like in dementia
* Potential causes and when it is most likely to occur
* How it affects the person with dementia and others
* What can be done to help manage it
* An example of a family's experience with BPSD

Additional considerations may be necessary for those with dementia from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities. Examples are included as family carer scenarios within the module.

As a family carer, you will likely know the person behind the dementia better than the health professionals involved. As such, your contribution to managing BPSD and improving the quality of life of the person with dementia is invaluable.
this resource is available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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