January 31, 2017

books for people working with people with dementia ...


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Understanding difficult behaviors: some practical suggestions for coping with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses 

The bullet point information on
  •  environmental, 
  • physical, and 
  • emotional influences

  • ... is very beneficial to both family and professional caregivers striving to make improvements that may avoid difficult behaviors. 

  • Practical coping strategies for responding to challenging situations such as 
  • agitation,
  •  wandering,
  •  incontinence and 
  • screaming 
  • sleep problems
  • dressing problems
  • repetitive actions
  • bathing &
  • resistance to care 

  • These practical strategies for making changes based on possible causes and guidance to problem-solve helps to avoid the behavior and address it when it occurs.


Supporting people with dementia: understanding and responding to distressed behaviour. A study guide for staff

Staff describe distressed behaviour as their greatest source of workplace stress when supporting people with dementia.

Knowing about a person's individual history underpinned with evidence-based knowledge can make it much easier to interpret the behaviour of people with dementia. 

Understanding the meaning behind a person's behaviour can be difficult, but with practice and experience it becomes easier. 

It can sometimes be tempting to avoid a situation where a person is experiencing stress and becoming distressed for fear of making things worse. Unfortunately, this usually leads to more severe distressing behaviour later on. By increasing your learning about stress and distress, you will be able to support people with dementia in a more compassionate and professional way.















Dementia care the adaptive response : a stress reductionist approach.

The process of dementia makes the experience of day to day living an acute challenge. This could be mediated with educated and timely inputs and where the caring contract may be negotiated to preserve both dignity and quality of life. 

The premise of the adaptive response model is that armed with the knowledge of human systems and their ability to adapt and adjust, and with a firm application and emphasis on person centred approaches to dementia care, then the experience can be enhanced, and living with one of the dementias can be made less traumatic.

This holistic approach proposes a method of using environmental and social psychology to maximise function in the individual and to minimise the negative and destructive elements of the perceived and real environment.
Sections include:
• The biological domain
• The psychological and social domains
• Modern contexts of dementia care
• Stress and adaptive responses
• Adaptive response
• Stress


The dementia care workbook

This workbook builds upon the person-centred approach to dementia care and gives students, practitioners and carers a new way of looking at dementia and the people who live with it.The workbook is full of exercises and activities to try, all designed to help the reader to engage and connect with the person with dementia, empowering both them and their families/carers.

Key topics explored in the workshop include:

  • Understanding how it feels to live with dementia; 

  • Recognising the issues and feelings involved for family carers or healthcare professionals when caring for individuals with dementia; and

  • Questioning one's own care approach and attitude, to encourage more compassionate person-centred care.
Throughout the workbook, vignettes featuring two fictional characters living with dementia provide examples of good and realistic practice. These encourage the reader to examine his or her own practice and explore ways in which care can be enhanced....

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