’This book is aimed at carers who are caring for people living with dementia’
Title: Dementia: A practical handbook for people caring for a loved one
Author: Sue Grogan
Publisher: Goldcrest Books International Ltd
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, operational lead for Walsall and Inpatient Services, St Giles Hospice
What was it like?
Dementia: A practical handbook for people caring for a loved one is a book aimed at carers supporting people living with dementia. It is marketed as being a practical resource that aims to cover the main topics for being people caring for people living with dementia.
What were the highlights?
Chapters 10, 11 and 12 tackle the difficult subject of death and acknowledges that all people who live with dementia will eventually die. This is often not talked about and remains a taboo topic, however, this book talks about it being a normal part of life and provides practical tips of what you could do to help prepare. It reminds the reader of advance care planning and understanding your loved ones wishes to ensure their end of life care is tailored to their needs and wishes. Another highlight for me is the practical aspects of how to look after yourself. We often forget to remain being able to be the carer we need to first ensure we are looked after to.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is written in an easy to read style, readers are able to read it from cover to cover or to access just the content that they require. While the book is generally well set out the subheadings in chapters could be better identified by being in bolder text or underlined. However, this is a minor criticism of a generally well written and informed book.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at carers who are caring for people living with dementia. However, anyone wanting an easy to read practical guide may find this book useful as starting point for understanding what carers may need to consider when caring for someone living with dementia.
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