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Dementia Care Training Manual for Staff Working in Nursing and Residential Settings


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Table of Contents

Introduction. What is dementia? How it affects us. Attitudes and needs. Communication. Reality orientation and validation. Individual care and client history. Person centred care. Activity. Reminiscence. Problem practice. Challenging behaviours. Normalisation and inclusion. Independence and good practice. Caring for carers. Environmental concerns. Medication and ethical issues. Learning from nursing. Problem solving and staff support. References and resources. Index.

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Practical, interactive resource, packed with exercises and discussion points to help front-line workers deliver the highest standard of dementia care

About the Author

Danny Walsh is Senior Lecturer in mental health at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Group work activities: The resource manual for everyone working with elderly people. Danny lives in Lincolnshire, UK, with his wife and their two sons.


This book is a timely addition for any care home and should be available in public libraries for those coping with a relative in their own home. It is jargon free and immensely practical and reassuring. Others have been there too - what a relief! The postscript says that the world owes a huge debt of gratitude to the care assistants who are so poorly paid. They are the people who bring hope and understanding to people so often lost in an alien world. They do it because they care. This book encourages further study and the opportunity to convert hard work into professional qualifications. Thank you Danny Walsh for sharing your expertise with us. -- Christian Council on Ageing Dementia Group
This is an interesting publication that will be a helpful addition for practitioners working in a range of settings with people experiencing dementia. -- Dementia Journal
Walsh tackles the issue of dementia care with rigour and comprehensiveness. There are 36 chapters, dealing with specific subjects and they achieve their aim in offering an accessible and interactive resource book for front line staff. I have tested the material with some of my care staff and found them to be of enormous use, in enabling carers to examine working practice and develop it to meet an individual's needs. This resource is an absolute must for anyone who wishes to develop the practice of dementia care. -- Leveson Centre Newsletter
Well written and easy to use, it is comprehensive in scope, and contains a wealth of exercises that can be used on their own or as parts of a planned in-house training course. Walsh constantly encourages us to understand behaviour and to see things from the resident's angle so that we can get to the causes and respond in helpful and therapeutic ways. -- Caring Times

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