Dementia Care Programming - Print

An Identity-Focused Approach

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Pages: 248

Dimensions: 9 × 6 × 1 in

Binding Type: Paperback

Ever-increasing numbers of people with dementia are entering professional care settings and creating a sense of urgency among caregivers.

Dementia Care Programming: An Identity-Focused Approach helps readers recognize that there is no single right answer to how we meet the needs of persons with dementia in these professional care settings.

Each facility cares for people in different stages of their dementing disease progression.

These people come from different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and have had different life experiences.

The common thread that binds these individuals, however, is that their dementia places them on a heart-wrenching, relentless journey—one often filled with frightening obstacles, frustration, and loneliness.

Rosemary Dunne's Dementia Care Programming: An Identity-Focused Approach points out how dementia caregiving is filled with opportunities for adventure, nurturing, being nurtured, and creative problem solving—plenty of opportunities to meet difficult challenges.

When caregivers are able to meet their residents' needs at particularly trying times, they will also have opportunities to experience that magical "high" that comes from meeting a challenge head-on and succeeding.

Dunne also gives caregivers some gentle reminders to listen to their residents' responses to care with their eyes, hearts, and minds.

Perhaps one of the most powerful messages in this book is that when caregivers strive to empathize with their residents' experiences of dementia, they move away from the power struggles that have caused much of the residents' resistance to care, and become more creative and more successful caregivers.