March 16, 2016

for healthcare professionals - Fast facts for dementia care ...


Fast facts for dementia care : what nurses need to know in a nutshell

This addition to the Fast Facts series is a guide for nurses in adult health clinical settings on how to provide person-centered care for patients who have dementia as a concurrent condition. It offers the most up-to-date information on dementia and provides strategies for clinical management that facilitate the nurse's work while improving care for patients. The book presents specific care strategies for all stages of dementia and emphasizes relatively simple interventions that nurses can incorporate into their care plans to prevent problems or address them before they escalate. The guide distinguishes between dementia and conditions that mimic dementia, discusses issues related to specific care settings, presents person-centered strategies for families and care partners, and covers the assessment and management of pain, safety concerns, communication strategies, and ethical and legal issues. It additionally provides numerous resources that nurses can offer to caregivers, and serves as a daily companion for all clinical nurses who work with older patients in any setting, including the emergency room, medical-surgical unit, medical office, and community mental health settings.



Dementia : your questions answered


This book has succinct chapters on topics that are really useful- Cures for dementia are still a long way off, but if diagnosed early enough there are treatments available which delay the onset of the disease and provide a better quality of life. The key to treatment is early diagnosis, and it is here that GPs and family care practitioners need help. This book, written by a neurologist and a psychiatrist in the Q&A format of the series, covers all types of dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, and will help GPs and other family care practitioners provide early diagnosis and treatment to the millions of patients suffering from dementia. It also includes useful information on services and sources of further help for dementia sufferers and their carers.
 

Alzheimer's and other dementias / Julian C. Hughes

Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts takes a comprehensive look at the spread of dementia, and provides authoritative information and practical advice for sufferers, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.

Written by a consultant in old age psychiatry, the book provides an overview of all the different types of dementia (including younger-onset dementias), from the most-recognized - Alzheimer's - to the less-frequent types, such as those caused by inherited metabolic disorders or HIV. The book guides the reader step-by-step through how the brain works, and explains in clear and simple language the effect of dementias on the brain, and the impact on an individual's cognitive function.

A dedicated chapter explains how a diagnosis is reached, including the different modes of assessment, from blood tests carried out by a GP, to specialist scans, highlighting how the brain actually works. Detailed sections cover the latest treatments available, including the controversial use of antipsychotic medication, and the possibility of disease-modifying treatments in the future.

The book also explains how the multi-disciplinary team works together to look after the sufferer's social needs, such as bathing and washing, as well as their spiritual and palliative needs. Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts provides all the relevant information and guidance for sufferers, family and their care-givers to choose the right intervention at the right time, to create - as the book advocates - a unique and personalized management plan.

Dementia : from advanced disease to bereavement

book review
My initial impressions of this book were of surprise. I was expecting a hefty hardback book which would be dry and laborious to read, giving lots of facts coupled with medical data.

What I found was a little gem in the world of dementia care. It was a neat, portable relevant handbook. The chapters are well laid out covering all aspects of end of life care in dementia but with so much more, the introductions at the start of each chapter led into the clinical detail beautifully.

Chapter 16; Communication was a welcome and somewhat innovative chapter focusing not just on the person with a dementia, but also the families. This chapter provided guidance on consultation skills, conducting family meetings and promoting resilience within families as well as communication with younger family members which highlighted ‘in the distress that occurs when facing a major loss, children are often forgotten as adults struggle to cope'.

In summary I feel this is a most useful addition to any clinical setting providing care for dementia patient's but in particular the advanced and end of life stages. Its easy to read, accessible and well laid out chapters allow the user to ‘dip in and out' of relevant areas of practice. Topics covered provide a comprehensive and up to date point of reference with clear indicators to allow for further reading and or additional support in other chapters.
by  Admiral Nurse, Kent
 
*These  and other similar resources are 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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