Risk Assessment and Management for Living Well with Dementia by John Keady, Charlotte L. Clarke, Catherine E. Gibb,

By John Keady, Charlotte L. Clarke, Catherine E. Gibb, Catherine Gibb, Heather Wilkinson

*Winner within the healthiness and Social Care type on the 2012 British clinical organization ebook Awards*

Risk is valuable to expert perform, evaluate and decision-making in dementia care. but theories of possibility are frequently advanced and tough to translate into daily perform.

This ebook outlines many of the key matters in threat notion, evaluate and administration in dementia care in a manner that's either functional and available to a variety of practitioners. It develops an method of possibility that promotes selection for individuals with dementia when additionally acknowledging the complicated demanding situations care prone face. The authors supply an summary of the legislative framework presently in position, and of the moral dilemmas that can emerge in perform. Frameworks for knowledgeable and balanced decision-making are provided, and the significance of together with the individual with dementia, their kinfolk, and care companies in decision-making is emphasized. during the publication, case stories are used to demonstrate powerful negotiation and useful recommendations to possibility dilemmas in perform.

This booklet highlights rules of fine perform for coping with possibility in dementia care, and offers a rounded strategy that might support practitioners negotiate a few of the advanced concerns this entails.

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Some felt that other people expected certain actions from them. One example given was being expected by family carers to lock people with dementia into their homes to avoid wandering behaviour. In such situations, the respondents are required to meet the needs of the person with dementia and in addition respond to the perceptions of risk of others (this most often leading to an expectation that risks are removed) (Titterton 2005). As in any situation of seeking to meet a need, the resources at the disposal of the practitioner are an important part of their decision Working with Dementia ╇ ╇ 57 making.

For example, Margaret describes how she has stopped cooking because of her forgetfulness yet it is an activity she enjoys and she is reluctant to discard the now unused food and cooking equipment. 2. Each member of the triad of person with dementia, family carer and practitioner seeks to form a bridge into each others’ practice, recognising their need for each other but also their differences. For example, Mary, her partner Peter and her nominated practitioner all raised concern about how extensive Mary’s own decision making should be.

30). The dilemmas which people face result very often from the tension around the rights of people with dementia. In a study on continence management in dementia care (the Continence Study; Clarke and Gardener 2002), the ward staff were conscious of a duty of care to prevent harm to the patient (in this case, preventing skin breakdown in incontinent patients) but also felt they had a duty to respect the right to autonomous decision making of the individual. Furthermore, staff had to balance the rights of an individual with the rights of other patients in a ward as well as manage the sometimes differing Working with Dementia ╇ ╇ 59 expectations of relatives.

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