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Dementia Care Training Manual for Staff Working in Nursing and Residential Settings

by Danny Walsh Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 240 pages
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This accessible, interactive resource book encourages front-line staff working with dementia sufferers in nursing and residential settings to examine their working practice and modify it to where appropriate to meet best practice guidelines.

Packed with photocopiable training exercises, discussion points and questions to prompt care workers to reflect on their style of work, this practical training manual also provides a framework for care work in line with statutory requirements and national training standards. It can be used as a self-training guide by carers, who can work through it at their own pace or under the supervision of a colleague, or by trainers running structured courses on good practice in dementia care. It is also suitable as a quick reference in daily practice.

This comprehensive resource will provide useful guidance for all staff working face-to-face with people with dementia, whether in nursing, day-care or residential settings.

Introduction. What is dementia? How it affects us. Attitudes and needs. Communication. Reality orientation and validation. Individual care and client history. Person centred care. Activity. Reminiscence. Problem practice. Challenging behaviours. Normalisation and inclusion. Independence and good practice. Caring for carers. Environmental concerns. Medication and ethical issues. Learning from nursing. Problem solving and staff support. References and resources. Index.

Well written and easy to use, it is comprehensive in scope, and contains a wealth of exercises that can be used on their own or as parts of a planned in-house training course. Walsh constantly encourages us to understand behaviour and to see things from the resident's angle so that we can get to the causes and respond in helpful and therapeutic ways.
Danny Walsh is senior lecturer in mental health at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Group work activities: The resource manual for everyone working with elderly people. Danny lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with his wife and their two sons.