Living with Dementia: A practical guide for families and personal carers provides a sensitive, direct and highly accessible insight into the complexities and challenges that a diagnosis of dementia presents. Contributors represent academics, practicing nurses, aged care professionals and family advocates. Living with Dementia offers evidence-based research, supported by clear learning outcomes and key terms, real-world vignettes and practical strategies to support caregivers, paid and unpaid, whether in the home or in residential care settings. Practical advice on how to manage everyday activities, including feeding, toileting, bathing and dressing, and how to cope with challenging behaviour is provided. The importance of recognising the needs of the whole person and providing for mental stimulation and spirituality are also addressed. A basic understanding of standard medical approaches is offset by an appreciation of complementary therapies, and the role of communication, care for the dying, as well as self-care, are fundamental to this concise yet far-reaching guide. Whether caring for a loved one, or working within the aged care sector, Living with Dementia will assist you to move beyond the negative perceptions, and enable a meaningful life for the person with dementia, within the limitations of the disease.
Key points * Each chapter includes Keywords and Chapter outcomes * Includes practical tips and advice * Contains evidence- and research-based information * Written in a clear, reader-friendly style for a general market.
About the editors
Professor Esther Chang RN DNE AppSc(Adv. Nsg) MEdAdmin, PhD, is Director of the Higher Degree Research program and Course Advisor for the Honours program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. Working in academia since 1986, she is committed to aged, dementia and palliative care and has received many grants investigating nursing and health needs in older people. Dr Amanda Johnson RN, Dip T(Ng), MHScEd, PhD, is Director of Academic Programs Undergraduate courses at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. She has worked in the tertiary sector since 1992 and is currently the Senior Lecturer in Aged Care and researches in aged care and palliation. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of older people, those living with dementia and their families.