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Caring for People with Dementia

Caring for People with Dementia
A Shared Approach

First Edition

May 2017 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 Christine Brown Wilson’s latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers.

The text first guides the reader through the underpinning theory behind the different approaches to person centred and relationship centred care and provides case scenarios with a range of practical strategies staff and students have developed and implemented. It then presents the different levels of the organisational change using practical strategies adopting a person centred and relationship centred approach involving the person with dementia and their families.

This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

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: The role of the organisation in leading and 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

'This is an informative, easily read book, suitable for undergraduate and post graduate students alike. The activities inter spaced within the text encourage students to reflect and think about what they have read in relation to clinical situations they may have been in/ or will find themselves in.  It is also suitable for practitioners and the use of practical solutions and advice within the practice scenarios is especially helpful.'

Fiona Lundie
University of the West of Scotland, UK

‘An excellent and comprehensive introduction to dementia. The activities including the reflections and links to practice are useful interprofessionally. Readers are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and translate this to practice. The text brings the readers focus to those at the heart of care and is a really exciting text that will be invaluable across disciplines.’


Donna Doherty
BPP University, UK

'This book is essential reading for students to begin to critically reflect on how health care organizations align current practices with dementia friendly approaches. It challenges us to think more broadly about the influences on dementia care and to actively engage in relationship based care approaches.' 

Genevieve Thompson
University of Manitoba, Canada

'Caring for People with Dementia: A Shared Approach is accessible and engaging. Dr. Brown Wilson’s book brings real life, practical meaning to the common rhetoric about person centered care.  Her in depth understanding of aged care settings, deep respect for the work and the people who do the work, is clear.'

Barbara Bowers
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

'Christine Brown Wilson, backed by deep experience in dementia care and nurse education, offers an accessible primer to guide nurses as they approach care for people living well with dementia as well as supporting their family members. An engaging volume, the activities placed throughout each chapter spur professional insight and development.'

Sarah H. Kagan
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Christine ensures that the book is focused on the person with dementia and their family, ensuring a person-centred approach.

The chapter on common myths is essential in breaking down the obstacles that often prevent the person living with dementia from getting person-centred care.

It is a book aimed at all levels from students to more senior staff, and will show all readers how we can all improve dementia care.

Ibadete Fetahu
Nursing Times

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