September 18, 2017

Caring for people with dementia : a shared approach

5 short books to help with dementia care 

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Caring for people with dementia : a shared approach

Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents-latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers.

Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia

Chapter 1: --  Common myths associated with the condition known as dementia   
Chapter 2: --  Developing relationship based approaches to dementia care   
Chapter 3: --  Role of organisation- leading & facilitating relationship- based dementia care   
Chapter 4: --  Developing a biographical approach in care practice   
Chapter 5: --  Managing relationship based approaches to care   
Chapter 6: --  Creating dementia friendly services   
Chapter 7: --  Developing community through dementia friendly environments   
Chapter 8: --  Supporting the families of people living with dementia   
Chapter 9: --  The role of technology in dementia care   
Chapter 10: --  Leading and managing change in dementia care

Person centred thinking with older people : 6 essential practices

 Person-centred practices are a key way to provide the best possible care and support for older people and help them to be active and valued members of the community. 

Each of the practices is designed to support the individual and put what is important to and for the person at the forefront of their care. 
Each practice has been tailored so that older people can express more easily what does and does not work for them. By actively listening and making each person feel appreciated, the practices represent practical tools for frontline practitioners to form good relationships with people in their care. With supporting stories and full colour photographs to illustrate how person-centred thinking and practice is used in real-life settings, there are many examples to help practitioners to overcome challenges and to really implement positive, effective changes to care. This practical book will be a valuable resource for care staff, social workers and healthcare workers who want to learn about person-centred practices to deliver best practice care and support.
* Introduction. 
1. One-page profiles. 
2. Relationship circles. 
3. Communication. 
4. Histories. 
5. Wishing. 
6. Working and not working. 
7. Person-centred thinking and care and support planning. 
8. Circles of support. Final Thoughts.

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.

  • The felt experience: The person with dementia 
  • The felt experience: Carers 
  • Attitudes 
  • The environment of care
  • The person with dementia 
  • Engagement - connecting with the person 
  • Empowerment and dis-empowerment 
  • Facilitating person-centred care:
  •  Worksheets and activities 

Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia
  • Foreword by Christine Bryden. 
  •  Ageing, Health and Positive Psychology.
  • A Positive Psychology Approach to Dementia
  •  Wellbeing in Dementia
  •  Hope and Dementia.
  •  Humour and Dementia.
  •  Resilience and Living Well with Dementia
  •  Creativity and Dementia. John Killick.
  •  Spirituality and Wisdom.
  •  Positive Psychology and Relational Dementia Care: Creating an 'Enriched Environment'.
  • Positive Experiences in Dementia Caregiving.
  • People with dementia really do draw on these strengths as they navigate their predicament, and they do so surprisingly deep into their illness.
  • Building on the tradition of Tom Kitwood, Steven Sabat, and myself, this book shows us with unmistakable clarity and good science that there is a deeper and more hopeful way of looking at the person underneath dementia that we often miss. This book is a work of genius.

The best friends approach to Alzheimer's care
This comprehensive program builds on the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, humor. They’re the building blocks of a care model that’s both effective and flexible enough to adapt to each person’s remaining strengths and abilities. It’s easy. It’s natural. It works. Learn how to ensure the highest quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease, not just by preventing catastrophic episodes but by making every day consistently reassuring, enjoyable, and secure

The Best Friends™ Approach --  
1.Starting with the Person: The Life Story and Human Rights ◦Life Story of Rebecca Matheny Riley --  ◦The Best Friends Dementia Bill of Rights --  
2.Introducing the Best Friends Approach ◦Building Blocks of the Best Friends Approach --  ◦How Friendship Works in the Context of Dementia Care --  
PART 2. Best Friends in Your Care Setting --  
3.The Life Story ◦Preparing the Life Story --  ◦Ingredients of the Life Story --  ◦How to Use the Life Story --  ◦Best Practices for Enhancing Preparation of the Life Story in Your Dementia Program --  
4.The Best Friends Approach to Communication ◦How Best Friends Communicate --  ◦Communicating Skillfully --  
5.The Knack ◦Elements of Knack --  ◦Knack in Dementia Care --  
6.The Calendar Is Just the Beginning: Celebrating Activities with Engagement ◦The Purpose of Activities --  ◦Activities versus Engagement --  ◦Activities Done the Best Friends Way --  ◦Getting Started Putting Your Knack to Work --  
7.Best Friends and Behavior That Is Challenging for Staff ◦Empathy Is the Key --  ◦Creative Problem Solving to Address Behaviors in Dementia --  ◦Intimacy and Sexuality in Dementia --  ◦Protecting Yourself from Aggression --  ◦Avoiding Judgmental Language --  ◦Bring It All Together: Patricia Estill --  
PART 3: Creating and Sustaining a Best Friends Program --  
8.Being a Best Friend to Family Care Partners ◦Family Caregiving and Dementia --  ◦Supporting Families --  ◦Encouraging Early Use of Services --  ◦Best Friends Approach to Family Interactions --  
9.Growing a Volunteer Program ◦Effective Volunteerism --  ◦Steps to Starting a Successful Volunteer Program --  ◦Involving Student Volunteers and Interns --  
10.Creating and Sustaining Your Best Friends Program ◦Steps for Creating a Best Friends Culture --  ◦Sustaining Your Best Friends Program --  ◦Bringing It All Together: Americare --  11.Conclusion ◦Informed Love --  ◦Looking Ahead --  ◦Thank You For Sharing Our Journey --  Biographies --   Suggested Resources

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