If you need to learn more about Dementia care mapping or brush up on it- this is a great book to start with.
Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a system of careful observation to assess the impact of care from the perspective of the person with dementia. Over the years DCM has made a major contribution to improving quality of care for people with dementia. This book brings together important insights and experience.
How does Kitwood’s work contribute to our understanding of ‘the dementing process’ and the essentials of quality care? How was Kitwood’s thinking about dementia influenced by the wider context of his work in theology, psychology and biochemistry? What is the relevance today of key themes and issues in Kitwood’s work? Tom Kitwood was one of the most influential writers on dementia of the last 20 years. Key concepts and approaches from his work on person-centred care and well-being in dementia have gained international recognition and shaped much current thinking about practice development. The complexities of Kitwood’s work and the development of his thinking over time have, however, received less attention. This Reader brings together twenty original publications by Kitwood which span the entire period of his writing on dementia, and the different audiences for whom he wrote.
Almost ten years after Kitwood’s death, it is now timely to review his contribution to the field of dementia studies in the light of more recent developments and from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. The introduction to this Reader summarises and problematises some of the key characteristics of Kitwood’s writing. Each of the four themed sections begins with a commentary offering a balanced consideration of the strengths of Kitwood’s work, but also of its limitations and oversights. The Reader also includes a biography and annotated bibliography.
* What might we reasonably expect when dementia care is of very high quality?
* What is required of organizations and individuals involved in dementia care?
Tom Kitwood breaks new ground in this book. Many of the older ideas about dementia are subjected to critical scrutiny and reappraisal, drawing on research evidence, logical analysis and the author's own experience. The unifying theme is the personhood of men and women who have dementia - an issue that was grossly neglected for many years both in psychiatry and care practice.
Each chapter provides a definitive statement on a major topic related to dementia, for example: the nature of 'organic mental impairment', the experience of dementia, the agenda for care practice, and the transformation of the culture of care.
While recognizing the enormous difficulties of the present day, the book clearly demonstrates the possibility of a better life for people who have dementia, and comes to a cautiously optimistic conclusion. It will be of interest to all professionals involved in dementia care or provision, students on courses involving psychogeriatrics or social work with older people, and family carers of people with dementia.
* One of the few attempts to present the whole picture.
* Very readable - many real-life illustrations.
* Offers a major alternative to the 'medical model' of dementia.
* Tom Kitwood's work on dementia is very well known
The fading moon : a dementia resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [DVD]
This film looks at the improving world of diagnosis and how cultural sensitivities are being build in to make diagnosis more accurate. It looks at how people can be cared for at home and what happens as the illness progresses.
Dementia is increasingly being acknowledged as an issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. They have been recognised as being at risk of traumatic dementia (acquired brain injury), vascular dementia and alcohol related dementia at a younger age. However, as a consequence of a health transition - the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is increasing, and more people will be at risk of other forms of dementia. Dementia places a burden on communities, families, carers and services and it is imperative that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are equipped with knowledge and skills to understand dementia and minimize it’s impact. This kit aims to contribute to building that capacity and builds on th development of two earlier initiatives: “Meet dementia - the bad hawk that steals” and “Dementia training for indigenous communities”.
P 21•Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events - examines the music engagement program , creating new musical instruments , ways to embed music in everyday care, personhood and positive expression - the sustainability management and sharing of experiences ..
by Oliver Sacks
Active sing along volume 1 : 19 all time favorites [CD]
Active sing along volume 2 : 20 all time favorites [CD]
10 CDs in a folder compiled and narrated by John Hyde, Radio Blue Skies.
The accumulative effects of music therapy on dementia‐related speech deficits in a sub‐acute hospital setting : PhD thesis
Single blinded randomised control trial was conducted to determine the accumulative effects of Music Therapy on dementia-related speech deficits. The hypotheses to be tested whether a programme of MT will result in greater improvement in dementia-related spontaneous speech deficits (in particular naming), than a programme of DT and 2) whether a programme of either MT or DT will result in a reduction in dementia-related spontaneous speech deficits (in particular naming) compared to a non intervention (control) group.
by Joyce Simard
The innovative Namaste Care program helps facilities provide gentle end-of-life care, especially for residents with advanced dementia. Because of their profound losses, these individuals are often isolated with limited human contact during the final stages of their lives. This new program reveals simple and practical ways for direct care staff to provide holistic, person-centered care and maintain a human connection. Blending nursing care and meaningful activities, the program promotes peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults. Sensory-based practices, like placement in comfortable armchairs, soothing music, and gentle massage, emphasize comfort and pleasure. Personal information is used to individualize the experiences, making them as enjoyable as possible for participants. Developed by a geriatric social worker and dementia specialist, the program stresses dignity and respect at this vulnerable stage of life. Using this practical manual, nursing facilities can easily implement a Namaste Care program with minimal resources and training. Step-by-step advice for staffing, budgeting, and marketing a program is included. Detailed information for creating a Namaste Care room is provided, as well as alternative options for facilities with limited space. Plus, real-life vignettes illustrate the program in practice. Recognizing the spirit within each person, this unique approach is valuable for all settings providing end-of-life care, especially skilled nursing facilities, assisted living settings, and hospices. Namaste is a Hindi greeting honoring the spirit within a person.
Promoting high touch when nursing older people : a palliative care approach [DVD]
University of Western Sydney, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Promoting high touch in nursing older people: A palliative care approach, is an outcome of the project Avoiding “high tech” through “high touch” in end-stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life. The DVD is based on material developed by Geriatric Consultant, and Developer of the Namaste Care Program, Adjunct Associate Professor Joyce Simard.
This DVD features a series of short instructional films that outline an effective protocol for palliative care. The approach offers hope and a renewed sense of spirit for people in the last stages of life.
The caregiver's path to compassionate decision making : making choices for those who can'tby Viki Kind
This book includes four adaptable tools that make decision making a simple, step-by-step process; guidelines to help you determine if your loved one or patient can make decisions, and guidance on who should make the decisions, and how to make better decisions. The author suggests questions to use in almost any medical or quality-of-life situation that will help you gather all of the information you need and offers techniques for improving communication between patients, families and caregivers.