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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843103370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103370
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The background to person-centred care is covered in depth, from the viewpoint of the Bradford Dementia Group and the late Tom Kitwood. It asks searching questions of readers. For example: "is there an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance to service users?" This straight-talking approach sets out what is acceptable. Dawn Brooker's framework for person-centred care involves value base, individualised approach, and perspectives of the service user and social environment. She provides standard statements or indicators that can be used to compare the care setting with best practice. This is an outstanding book. -- Nursing Standard The book is a very valuable resource for health and social care professionals looking to find out more about person-centred dementia care. -- Journal of Interprofessional Care The most useful chapter is that on the social environment. This contrasts examples of interactions that are negative and unconducive to person-centred care with other, practical ways that treat people with dementia with compassion and respect. There are also some useful questions throughout the book to help people collect evidence on whether the care they are delivering is indeed person-centred, and a VIPs framework tool is included to support the systematic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of practice in this respect. -- Mental Health Today Person-Centred Dementia Care would be useful in any occupational therapy service that is aimed at the care of older people, where some or all of their clients are experiencing the effects of dementia on their lives. The book will act as a refresher for practitioners and an introduction for students. It looks at the revolutionary work of Tom Kitwood in the filed of dementia care as well as that of John Killick and Kate Allan. The book, though brief, is a thorough revisit of their themes about the design of good care for people with dementia. It goes on to expand on the four elements and how these may be identified in day-to-day practice. It is written clearly and with the economy of language. This book would be especially useful in a service undergoing review of development, perhaps involving a multi-disciplinary team. For occupational therapists in a community setting it offers a way of evaluating services available locally for clients to judge their sustainability for individuals...Themes are developed in a concise way with illustrations and background information to allow the reader to stay in touch with what is being discussed. The book achieves its aims of examining person-centred dementia care and providing a model by which to judge its application in the field. It would be an economical and useful addition in a department. -- Occupational Therapy for Older People This is a very readable book and one I would recommend to health care chaplains of all kinds... The book is about staff as well as people with dementia and can apply in any setting. It is probably an important book for health care chaplains, particularly those who see themselves as chaplain to the organisation. This book shows how difficult it can be to provide to be provide person centred loving and appropriate care in organisations. It also gives the direction of travel for health care chaplains who are chaplains for the whole organisation. I would highly recommend this work. -- Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy The author identifies four elements of person-centred dementia care. These are valuing the person, taking an individualised approach, understanding the person's perspective; and the social environment. Author Dawn Brooker describes in concrete terms what each of these concepts means and how they can be assessed. She also outlines the potential consequences when each of the elements is either neglected or emphasised at the cost of others. Anyone who has been to a care home will empathise with Brookers' analysis of how a resident's feelings can be brought down by careless staff behaviours and how good examples of good practice can be similarly inspiring...This book will stimulate essential thought and debate amongst all who work with vulnerable people.' -- Involve Professor Brooker's book is a welcome and fitting tribute to the outstanding legacy of her late colleague and mentor, Tom Kitwood, and the continuing pioneering work of the Bradford Dementia Group. For such a small book it certainly packs a punch and is both informative and thought-provoking. It is easy to follow and clearly written, and gives the reader definitions of the important ideas behind patient-centred care, and their implementation in the care of people with dementia... This book is essential reading and comes highly recommended for anybody working with people with dementia and their carers, including policy makers, professionals and service providers at all levels. -- British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

About the Author

Professor Dawn Brooker is the Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies. Professionally qualified as a clinical psychologist, she has over twenty-five years' experience working to improve the quality of care for people with dementia as a clinician, as a service manager and as an academic.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sally-jane M. Howard on 2 Sept. 2009
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4 years ago my husband was diagnosed with Korsakoff syndrome which has got worse and is a form of dementia . This book has been great help in understanding how the mind works or not in some one who cannot make sense of the world around him.
A good book for anyone coping with someone who has dementia or a student who may want to study mental illness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slide Scanner on 29 Nov. 2011
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My wife has dementure and is in care. I want to understand her needs and I was referred to Tom Kitwood as the leading expert on this subject. I ordered this book because it was published 10 years later than Tom Kitwood's most recent book and thought it would be more up to date. I found it easy to read with most technical terms (and acronyms) defined.

It seems to be written primarily as advice to managers in organisations delivering dementure care, but gives a useful description of current views and best practice. The book makes numerous references to Tom Kitwood's work and is heavily based on his views.

The book is quite repetitive in some areas and in some parts it seems more focussed with the treatment of staff delivering the care than the patients (especially in Chapter 2). Nevertheless overall I found it helpful, but I do now feel it necessary to obtain Tom Kitwood's book " Dementure Care Reconsidered" in order to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Macdormer on 10 Jan. 2013
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This book is a very good read for anyone who is involved in training or delivering care for people with dementia. Dawn Brooker draws on work of other people who have researched the subject well and submits great ideologies, philosophy, and understanding, grounded in experiential learning.

If you want to understand the world from the perspective of the person afflicted with dementia and appreciate the care demands to enhance their physical, psychosocial well being then get this book and read it TWICE!
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A bargain book containing a wealth of information. Its gives a synopsis of the transformation of elder care in asylums to dementia care as a specialist field. It then gives a template for auditing and developing care that transfers across a range of settings and client groups. Its an easy, well referenced read for any student professional and invaluable for managers wanting to benchmark and improve person centred care in their own setting.
I think this should be mandatory reading for anyone exploring person centred care.
The copy I have just bought replaces one that a colleague borrowed AND KEPT. It has been so valuable to me I had to replace it.
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This is an excellent book and really helped me to understand the situation with my relative who was suffering from severe dementia. I wish all nurses & carers were given a copy of this book to read and re-read as part of their on going training. 'Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First by Tom Kitwood' is also excellent but is more suitable for use in training situations than for relatives.
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By S. Thompson on 24 Sept. 2012
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Very helpful easy to follow information on what to expect and how to help those suffering from dementia, mainly not to forget that they are individuals who had fulfilling lives and should be respected and treated as such.
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I bought a 'damaged' book but the damage was minimal with a bent corner on front page. Other than that the book was in good condition though it was offered at the price for a damaged copy. I was pleasantly surprised
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