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Partnerships in Family Care


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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: why another book on family care?

Section One: 'Recognizing the need' and 'taking it on'
The dynamics of dementia: working together, working separately, or working alone?
Early interventions in dementia: carer-led evaluations
Seeking partnerships between family and professional carers: stroke as a case in point Section Two: Working through it
Quality care for people with dementia: the views of family and professional carers
Partnerships with families over the life course
'I wasn't aware of that': creating dialogue between family and professional carers
Caring for people with dementia: working together to enhance caregiver coping and support
Family care decision-making in later life: the future is now! Section Three: 'Reaching the end' and 'a new beginning'
The evolving informal support networks of older adults with learning disability
Relatives' experiences of nursing home entry: meanings, practices and discourses
Placing a spouse in a care home for older people: (re)-constructing roles and relationships
Creating community: the basis for caring partnerships in nursing homes
Forging partnerships in care homes: the impact of an educational intervention Conclusion
New Directions for partnerships: relationship-centred care


About the Author

Gordon Grant holds a Research Chair in Cognitive Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, and Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust. His main interests concern family caregiving of vulnerable groups and the support needs of people with severe and complex learning disabilities.
John Keady is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Wales, Bangor. John's main interests are in the needs of people with dementia and their carers' and service responses to these needs.

Ulla Lundh is Docent and Senior Lecturer at the Unversity of Linkoping, Sweden. She has particular interests in the needs of older people and their carers and has been engaged in several studies that have sought to develop partnerships between family and formal caregiving systems.

Mike Nolan is Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the Unversity of Sheffield. He has long-standing interests in the needs of family carers and of vulnerable older people in a range of care environments, and has published extensively in these areas.

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