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Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Dementia: A Person-Centred Integrated Care Approach

by Shibley Rahman Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 384 pages
AU$62.00 NZ$65.22
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Every person living with dementia is entitled to the highest standards of wellbeing and health and social care services. This in-depth, evidence-based book identifies how outstanding quality care might be achieved, whether in residential or home-based settings.

Experienced dementia researcher Dr Shibley Rahman highlights the key contemporary underpinnings of integrated care that are required for wellbeing for living with dementia, including technology, staff performance, leadership, and intelligent regulation of services. The book addresses the major challenges to promoting person-centred care, and tackles difficult conversations around spirituality, sexuality and dying well. The crucial importance of promoting physical and mental health is emphasised. Taking into account recent developments in NICE guidelines and Cochrane reviews for dementia, this book presents an opportunity for all those involved in the provision of care for people with dementia to maintain a focus on delivering the best care possible, and to engage with the wider issues surrounding wellbeing. This book will be especially useful to commissioners following the NHS 'new models of care' "vanguards".

1. Introduction.

2. Enhancing mental health.

3. Life story and cognitive approaches.

4. Oral health and disease.

5. The importance of the person and the environment.

6. Enhancing physical health in care homes.

7. Promoting creativity.

8. Spirituality and sexuality.

9. Independence, reablement technology.

10. Research, regulation and staff.

11. The care home and the NHS.

12. End of life decisions.

13. Care at home.

'This is a complex and difficult journey and Dr Rahman's book is like having an informed, interested, intelligent and profoundly humane friend by your side on the journey through. This book is a friend that is encyclopaedic in knowledge and who is not afraid to have opinions and to express them. We are part-way along the journey, we have come a long way but we have far to go. This book helps us reflect on where we are and the road we have travelled, all the better to plan and travel the road ahead.'

- from the foreword by Sube Banerjee, Professor of Dementia, Brighton and Sussex Medical School


'Dr Shibley Rahman sets out what is best practice in language and attitude as well as care and support. He writes with great authority and humility about what people who have dementia, and their loved ones, face and how we could all do a great deal more to help them...This is a wonderful book, for students, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, politicians, families, and for people who may be in the early stages of the diseases that cause dementia. This is a book that challenges but also gives hope. Which I think is the greatest gift of all.'

- from the foreword by Lisa Rodrigues CBE, writer, coach and mental health campaigner
Shibley Rahman graduated in neuroscience and medicine from Cambridge University. There he also completed his PhD in frontotemporal dementia, commencing a lifelong interest in the timely diagnosis of dementia. He also trained to postgraduate level in medicine, law and business. Shibley speaks regularly about dementia diagnosis and post-diagnostic care, researches wellbeing and advocates rights-based approaches. He lives in London, UK.