Book Review with Lauretta – 4 May 2015

“A guide for family carers dealing with behaviours in people with dementia”

As a diversional therapist working with a client living with dementia one has to work with the carers as well. Many need support on how to deal with behaviours that have developed in the loved one who has dementia. “A guide for family carers dealing with behaviours in people with dementia” is a really good reference for both the therapist and the carer. It is a collaborative spiral-bound book from DCRC, DBMAS and circulated through Alzheimer’s’ Australia.

The overview gives a general understanding for the reader.

Sometimes one needs more than just a brief explanation on each of the typical challenging behaviours and this book fills that need.

Behaviours are listed alphabetically and separated for easy reference.

Behaviours are aggression, anxiety, apathy, calling out, delusions and hallucinations, depression, sleep pattern changes, social inappropriate behaviours and wandering.

This book is a good reference book while directed at family carers is appropriate for any staff member working with dementia clients. The diversional therapist is often asked about what activities can the family member or staff carer in the home can do with the person they care for. So it is essential to understand behavioural changes in a dementia client. The compact size and setting out makes it very portable. I recommend this resource to those who are carer support leaders in their communities.

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