Review: “Voices in Dementia Care: Reimagining the Culture of Care” by William A. Haseltine, Anna Dirksen

Author: William A. HaseltineANNA DIRKSEN
Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads

Synopsis

Cognitive disorders take a toll on everyone—the person living with the condition, their family, friends, caregivers, and the communities they live in. Most of the public’s interest has been in the medical research area for this devastating disease, and advice is desperately needed from those who have created innovative solutions with their own first-hand experience.

Voices in Dementia Care is based on a series of interviews with dementia care experts across Europe and the United States and with people living day-to-day with the condition. It provides an intimate look at the challenges of delivering high-quality dementia care with limited resources. The book provides readers a list of best practices that can be adapted and applied in the home and in institutional settings. Voices in Dementia Care is a must-read for anyone caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive disorders. 

From Voices in Dementia Care

In these pages, we include transcripts of our interviews with the elder care and long-term care providers we have interviewed about dementia care. The voices of these care professionals are important to hear in their entirety, as they describe the nuances of the challenges inherent in delivering innovative high quality dementia care with limited resources.

Based on our analysis of these interviews, we have identified the critical best practices that we believe all elder and long-term care providers should consider when delivering care to people living with dementia. These best practices can be adapted and applied by the informal caregiver as well—the sister, brother, child, or other loved one who may be responsible for caring for a person living with dementia outside of a traditional care environment.

From Goodreads

Review

TLDR; A thought-provoking series of interviews with experts in the field of dementia and dementia care

This was a really touching and insightful book I lucked upon picking up in the airport on a whim. True to the summary, it’s comprised of a series of interviews with experts in the field of dementia and dementia care. The style is different from other nonfiction books I’ve read in the past so I wasn’t sure how the interview format would jive, but overall I think the approach was pretty successful.

It swept over a wide range of dementia care topics so there’s a little something for everyone, but perhaps one of the most fascinating to me was the subject of community care. A forward-thinking community in the Netherlands stands here as a challenge to how we currently think about care in the US. You can find more about the village easily enough with a google search, but for convenience I’ll link a piece CNN did here – https://www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/world/europe/wus-holland-dementia-village/index.html

Though a relatively short read, Voices in Dementia Care was still very educational and the format was a fresh break from typical long form novel style.

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