’It is an interesting book and has helpful information for all types of readers. ’
Title: When Someone you know is living in a dementia care community
Author: Rachael Wonderlin
Publisher: The John Hopkins University Press
Reviewer: Nigel Jopson
What was it like?
This is an American book and the types of care described vary from those in the UK although there are of course many overlaps. There are good descriptions of dementia and the different types. It looks at the right time to consider moving to a dementia care community (the author uses this title as she finds it friendlier than alternatives such as homes) as well as many other areas .It gives a good broad coverage of dementia and subjects around it. There are many examples of how people living with dementia may behave which are useful.
What were the highlights?
It does try to persuade the reader to accept the reality of the persons dementia experience and to try to move into that reality rather than imposing their own reality
Strengths & weaknesses:
There is a good use of scenarios and a great deal of ground is covered. It may be that there could have been more in-depth coverage in some instances but it is aimed at relatives and significant others rather than staff. As it is aimed at US market, some things are different from procedures here and in particular help with finance and support.
Who should read it?
It is an interesting book and has helpful information for all types of readers. However for the specific target audience of families and significant others I suspect it will not be too useful as it does not cover what you need to do in the UK. I found it to be a ”Curates Egg” of a book……excellent in parts
when somone you know is living in dementia care