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Communication Skills for Effective Dementia Care: A Practical Guide to Communication and Interaction Training (CAIT)

by Ian Andrew James and Laura Gibbons Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 144 pages
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Effective communication is critical for everyone, and this insightful book teaches the skills needed by healthcare staff in their day-to-day interactions with people with dementia and their families. Often when people with dementia exhibit behaviour that challenges, it is an indication that their needs are not being met. The authors illustrate the key aspects of communication for the development of a skilled and confident workforce, capable of providing thoroughly effective care that reduces levels of agitation in people with dementia.


The first six chapters describe the CAIT (Communication and Interaction Training) framework established by the authors. This is followed by chapters contributed by experts on the Positive Care Approach™, appropriate touch and communication with people in the late stages of dementia. Accessible and practical, it will help caregivers develop and articulate existing skills as well as gain new ones, allowing them to overcome the challenges faced when caring for people with dementia.

Preface. Part 1. 1. Introduction to CAIT. 2. Understanding People's Needs. 3. General Communication - Inner hub. 4. Dementia Specific Communication - Outer hub. 5. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Levels of Functioning - Spokes. 6. Formulation-led approaches - Rim. Part 2. 7. Using Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to CareGäó (PACGäó) and GEMSGäó to enhance care givers' communication skills. Susannah Thwaites. 8. Promoting Consent to touch during Personal Care. Luke Tanner. 9. Adaptive Interaction: facilitating communication in advanced dementia. Dr Maggie Ellis & Professor Arlene Astell. 10. What we have communicated and what next!

Ian Andrew James is Lead for the Behaviour Support Services in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and Honorary Professor at University of Bradford, UK.


Laura Gibbons is the Principal Coordinator and Trainer for the CAIT project in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT, and an Occupational Therapist working at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle upon Tyne.