Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care
If you could provide a life more affirming and meaningful than current care practices provide, would you do it? Of course, you would! But how? Now the resource you need to make this possible is within your grasp.
Dementia Beyond Drugs will enable you to change the way you provide care. Learn what it takes to effect real culture change within residential care settings while reducing the administration of psychotropic drugs in the symptomatic treatment of dementia. This timely new resource, by a board-certified internist, geriatrician, nursing home practitioner, and Eden Alternative™ Educator, has what you need. Dr. G. Allen Power brings robust medical experience and a unique perspective to the idea of culture change.
His eye-opening book challenges all care providers working with individuals with dementia to undertake a true operational change. Yes, you can move away from an institutional model — viewing individuals as patients defined by their dementia and using prescribed medications to control their "troublesome" behaviors — to an experiential model of care that treats individuals with dementia as the human beings they are, giving them the personal attention, respect, and dignity they deserve. Take advantage of the many benefits to this fundamental change in the provision of care, including a decrease in the need for mood-altering drugs. You will learn how to embrace more humanistic, enlightened practices that address the most common challenges in caring for people who live with dementia.
-Overcome communication challenges
-Minimize anxiety and depression
-Root out the causes of wandering
-Gain insights into paranoia and delusions
Full of visionary and practical calls-to-action, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care is an essential read for anyone involved in the care of an individual with dementia, including nursing staff, social workers, occupational therapists, medical directors, and administrators in all elder care settings. Family members of individuals with dementia and students breaking into the dementia care field will also benefit from the advice offered.
by G Allen Power