Comforting the Confused: Strategies for Managing Dementia

Publication Year: 2000

Edition: 2nd

Authors/Editor: Hoffman, Stephanie B.; Platt, Constance A.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-0-82-611261-3

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This text describes the effects of aging and dementia on the ability to communicate and explains strategies that can maximize communication.

"How to comfort? How to help?" are questions often asked by persons providing care to individuals suffering from dementia. According to Hoffman and Platt--a warm smile, gentle touch, and soothing voice tone can help toward improving quality of life.

The authors believe caregivers should be encouraged to emphasize non-verbal aspects of their communication throughout their daily care of the demented. Hoffman and Platt provide research-based, practical guidelines for communicating with dementia patients and offer strategies for responding to depression, aggression, wandering, and other behavioral problems.

New to the second edition are chapters addressing:
* Feeding strategies
* Falls and Use of Mechanical Restraints
* Special Care Units
* Dying and Grieving

Each chapter features learning objectives, a pretest, a posttest, and learning exercises. The book is a valuable tool for inservice training and a practical resource for professionals.


Platform: Ovid
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Product Type: Book
Author/Editor: Hoffman, Stephanie B.; Platt, Constance A.
ISBN: 978-0-82-611261-3
Geriatrics & Gerontology
Palliative Medicine
Social Work
Language: English
Edition: 2nd
Pages: 288
Year: 2000


Comforting the Confused: Strategies for Managing Dementia