Families often wrestle with the decision to move a person with dementia into a care home. The decision can be highly charged and emotional, involving feelings of loss, sadness and guilt. Moreover, developing a good relationship between the family and the care home is not an easy matter.
In this accessible guide the authors take person-centred dementia care a step forward by outlining ways in which care homes can help families to become partners in the caring process. Using case examples, quotations and research-based evidence, the authors offer practical advice and good practice guidelines for supporting relatives who choose to be involved in the care of people with dementia living in a care home, as well as highlighting the value of this involvement. The book is written in an easy-to-read style and incorporates useful features such as checklists for reviewing current practices and summaries of key points for each chapter.
An invaluable resource for care home managers and staff, this book will also be helpful for families of people with dementia, as well as for students and researchers interested in dementia care practice.
Bob Woods is Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People at the University of Wales Bangor, and co-director of the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales. John Keady is Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Older People at the University of Manchester/Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust. He is Co-Editor of the Sage journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. Diane Seddon is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research at the University of Wales Bangor.
Acknowledgements 1. Family Involvement in Care Homes: An Overview. 2. The Experiences of Family Members Following the Admission to a Care Home: A North Wales Study. 3. Family Involvement - Perspectives from Staff and Families: A European Study. 4. Family Involvement: Guidelines and Good Practice. 5. Communication with Families: A Relationship-Centred Approach. 6. Family Involvement and End-of-Life Care Issues. 7. Intervention Programmes and Conclusions. Appendix 1. Further Details of the Research Projects on which Chapters 2 and 3 of this book are based. References. Subject Index. Author Index.