Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents Christine Brown Wilson’s latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers. The text first guides the reader through the underpinning theory behind the different approaches to person centred and relationship centred care and provides case scenarios with a range of practical strategies staff and students have developed and implemented. It then presents the different levels of the organisational change using practical strategies adopting a person centred and relationship centred approach involving the person with dementia and their families. This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Chapter 8: Supporting the Families of People Living with Dementia
Supporting the Families of People Living with Dementia
By the end of this chapter, the reader will be able to:
- Explore the meaning of caregiving in dementia from the family’s perspective.
- Examine the support that family caregivers say they need to care for the person with dementia.
- Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that support family caregivers.
- Develop a plan for healthcare professionals such as nurses to work in partnership with family caregivers.
In Chapter 4 we discussed how interactions between families and staff could promote relationship-based approaches to care and enhance a biographical approach to care planning at the micro level of the organisation. That discussion was focused primarily on how families were contributing to the support of a person ...