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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: PESI HealthCare - PHC Publshing Group (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937661016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937661014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Randy L. Griffin is a nationally-recognized expert in dementia care. Her versatile career spans over 30 years and includes nursing, nutritional services, program development, health care administration, and delivering training programs to care-givers across the country. Randy is pioneering the practice of intentional care-giving; for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Her approach goes beyond treating symptoms, focusing on the whole person within a culture rich with emotional nourishment and support from families and caregivers. Randy holds certifications as a Holistic Nurse, Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and Reflexologist. Randy developed "The Trusting Touch," a web-based program that teaches the importance of intentional actions and verbal communications during activities such as bathing, toileting, dressing and dental care. She is the author of S.A.F.E. Response Techniques in Crisis Situations, a four-step process to show staff how to safely manage agitation and aggressive behaviors when caring for people with dementia. Randy also created one of the first sensory-enhanced puree cuisine culinary programs for terminally ill individuals and authored the first published cookbook on sensory-enhanced puree formation. "Dining with Grace" is a program she created specifically to enhance the dining experience for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rick on May 2, 2012
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As a registered nurse, specializing in dementia care in a long term care setting, I am always on the look-out for new material that can help me as I prepare new in-services designed to promote culture change and "person centered" care. I think it is vital that as professionals we do what we can to bring about this positive change, especially in the long term care setting. We need to promote the creation of an environment where our elders can live out their life in a fulfilling and dignified manner. This book contains so much helpful information, and the material can be readily applied as we go about our daily routines. I think it's a book caregivers will enjoy, as it provides easy to understand material. This book has been very helpful, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference in how they provide care to this special population.
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By Robert Elmer on April 30, 2014
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As a Certified Senior Care Administrator and a Master Trainer of Alzheimer's Care, I know, first hand, how important it is for every care giver at every level to understand the information that Ms. Griffin shares in this book. It should be mandatory reading for everyone from Doctors to the C.N.A.'s from the Nurses to the Housekeepers. My personal experience has shown me time and time again that too many professional and at home caregivers really don't understand the illness or how to deal with it's many challenges. With that in mind, I would recommend this reading for anyone who works with or is caring for seniors regardless of the environment. There's no such thing as too many good caregivers in this world and Ms. Griffins book will go a long way to making its readers better caregivers. Your loved one or patients deserve to be on the receiving end of this kind of sensitive and insightful, quality of care.
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By Elizabeth M. on June 22, 2013
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Randy Griffin is clear and articulate. If only everyone could have her in the life of a person struggling with dementia! She gives examples, and enough of them, to make clear the challenges and frustrations of living and/or working with dementia; and shows simple solutions to dealing with some of those problems. She sparks fresh thinking and hope for helping this growing segment of our population. She provides a list of resources and offers a workable plan for accomplishing change in our present culture.
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By Khoward on January 18, 2013
I work at the corporate office of a home care company, and I know how important it is for seniors to live an independent and dignified life, but may need the right kind of care and assistance to help them with activities of daily living. It is our philosophy that our caregivers treat our clients with the utmost respect and dignity. That is extremely important, especially with someone living with Alzheimer's, as this disease can be extremely frustrating and difficult to endure. It can be very draining on the family if they have little or no help to care for a loved one. It is crucial for individuals with Alzheimer's to receive full-time or supplemental professional care, and equally as important to find the right caregiver. Working with a company that has caregivers caring for dementia and Alzheimer's patients, I know how important it is for them to be educated on how to properly care for these individuals. This book really dives into the importance of a better life for those with Alzheimer's disease, and how you can give them the care that they need and deserve. It is a great read, and Randy makes it easy comprehend the material. This is a book I would love to have all of our caregivers read, as I believe that it would tremendously benefit them as well as our clients. Thank you, Randy!
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