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Excellence in Dementia Care. Research into Practice - Second Edition

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’It really is a must read textbook that will shape the way you think and influence the way you practice for the better.’

Title: Excellence in Dementia Care. Research into Practice - Second Edition

Edited by: Murna Downs and Barbara Bowers

Publisher: Open University Press

Reviewer: Helen Reeves

What was it like?

Excellence in dementia care is a one-stop textbook that covers all the comprehensive and essential information regarding dementia and dementia care. It is research evidence based textbook and has contributions from international experts in dementia and also contains guidelines.

What were the highlights?

As a nurse manager of a hospice we are engaging more and more with people who have been diagnosed with dementia or have had experience of caring for someone with dementia. For this reason I really found the chapters on palliative care, grief and bereavement and supporting persons with dementia through transitions in care vital reading material. They provided guidance, suggestions and an enthusiasm to take back into practice parts that we could implement that would improve patient’s journeys. The chapter on young onset dementia also serves as a reminder that dementia is not exclusively an older persons disease and helps to ensure that people care continues to be holistically patient centered and individualised.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This textbook covers a wide range of topics relating to dementia, from dementia friendly communities and living with young onset dementia to understanding behavior and grief and bereavement. It is a collaborative textbook and looks at the dementia journey from diagnosis to death. It also focuses on family and carer and by providing quotes and case studies throughout the textbook makes this feel like a workable textbook that could be transferred into practice. The chapters are divided into five parts and look at the dementia journey for the patient and also their family, friends and carer’s. It provides the reader with tools and confidence to improve care and patient journeys and ensure that people with dementia receive the same level of care. Tis textbook is thought provoking, inspiring and current and is a triumph for improving of dementia care.

Who should read it?

This book is essential for all health, social and allied professionals. It is also an essential read for student health, social and allied professionals and should be a key text within the academic literature. It really is a must read textbook that will shape the way you think and influence the way you practice for the better.

excellence in dementia care

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