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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable help, 8 April 2009
This review is from: Contented Dementia: 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being (Hardcover)
If you know or live with someone with dementia, you will know how difficult life can be for both of you. I recently came across this insightful book offering advice and techniques devised by a lady called Penny Garner who, by observing her own mother's behaviour and working with patients at a community hospital, developed new skills to communicate with someone with dementia.

The aim of the book is to promote "lifelong well-being" not only for the sufferer but for the "carer" too who has to cope with typical dementia behaviour such as memory blanks and repetitive questioning. Being asked the same question over and over again in a matter of minutes can be devastating for all concerned as I've experienced first hand with my own 85 year old mother.

Penny Garner's son-in-law, Oliver James, has brought together various tried-and-tested techniques in this book. One I've found particularly useful is to identify the most frequent questions my Mum asks me. Then, instead of giving the same reply each time, the book suggests looking for a variety of answers and trying them out to find the one that receives the best reaction. What I like about this approach is that it keeps me focussed on the quality of my own responses and whilst it hasn't completely stopped me feeling frustrated at the constant repetition, it has helped me better understand my Mum's mental processes affected by dementia.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2009 12:16:38 BDT
As an agency carer on a two-week placement, I found the presence of 'Contented Dementia' beside the carer's bed a life saver. With little personal knowledge of the client, I was able to build a rapport and enter her world in a way I would not have imagined possible. Thus a job that could well have been distressing became a pleasurable experience and inspired me to learn more about SPECALCARE.
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