Sharing and evaluating a series of relationship-centred approaches to dementia care, this book enables practitioners to have hands-on involvement in improving the quality of this care.
Fostering a critical approach to our understanding of how we do relationship-centred dementia care, Reid shows how experiences of living with dementia, family awareness of dementia, professional knowledge of providing dementia care, and the health, social care and housing system are linked, and how good dementia care arises from the relationships between these groups. The book encourages thinking about the stigma attached to dementia, and how a focus on living well with dementia helps shape policies about people with dementia, with their voices included. Practical steps for carrying out relationship-centred dementia care are also explained, with examples of common obstacles and how to overcome them.
David I. J. Reid
1. Introduction. 2. Communication and Dementia. 3. People with Dementia's Experience of Living with Dementia. 4. Families' Experiences of Living with Dementia. 5. Care Practitioners' Experiences of Living with Dementia. 6. Creativity and Relationship-Centred Care. 7. Being Part of the Dementia Community. 8. The Dementia 'Passionista' and Relationship-Centred Dementia Care. 9. The Problem with Dementia Care Education. 10. Conclusion.