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Involving Families in Care Homes

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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.

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Practical advice and good practice guidelines on helping families to become partners in the caring process when a loved one with dementia moves into residential care

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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.


This book is well written and very easy to read. It is simply structured with an introduction, conclusion and summary of key points for each chapter. The checklists are a great feature for relatives and care home managers alike to practically ensure that all parties can remain involved at an effective level and a way of monitoring that standards are being met. Staff themselves could use the checklists to evaluate their Personal Development. -- Older People and Occupational Therapy This useful little book is part of a series of good practice guides edited by the Bradford Dementia Group. -- Rostrum A resource for care home managers and staff which will also be of values to families involved in the care of relatives with dementia who are moving to or resident in a care home. -- BILD Newsletter Involving families in care homes: a relationship-centred approach to dementia care by Bob Woods, John Keady and Diane Seddon uses case examples, quotations and research-based evidence to 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 Journal of Dementia Care We have all come across families who often wrestle with the decision to move a person with dementia into a care home. This decision can often involve feelings of loss, sadness, and guilt. Sometimes care homes are not as good as they might be in developing good relationships between the family and their work. In this brief and informative guide, the authors take person centred dementia care a step forward by outlining ways in which care homes can help families become partners in the caring process. The book will be helpful both to those working in care homes but also for families living with dementia. -- Leveson Centre Newsletter Published in the wake of a plethora of official reports concerning the human rights, dignity and well-being of older people in care, especially those with dementia, this latest addition to the Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guides in greatly to be welcomed. The book presents a strong theoretical basis and is grounded in relevant research. Above all, its recommendations are thoroughly practical and achievable and cover the period prior to a person's entry into a care home though to the final stages of life there. The book fills a very real gap. The three excellent core chapters comprise guide lines for good practice, communication, and involvement in end-of life issues. Most chapters conclude with a check-list of points for the attention of care homes and a pithy summary of the key-points covered. -- Christian Council on Ageing Dementia Group Newsletter

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