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Moving A Relative With Memory Loss: A Family Caregiver's Guide Paperback – July 1, 2006
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About the Author
Laurie White, M.S.W. and Beth Spencer, M.A., L.M.S.W. have worked with people with dementia and their families in a variety of settings for over 30 years. Laurie and Beth are two of the authors of "Understanding Difficult Behaviors" (now out of print) and "Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia: A Family Caregiver's Guide". Currently Laurie operates Dementia Care Consulting, a dementia consulting business in Santa Rosa, California. Beth is a lecturer and consultant at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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I completely disagree with the reviewer who said it contains only common sense advice. Most books written for family caregivers of people with dementia are not nearly as detailed about the practical things to consider to actually make all the decisions involved in the move and the steps that lead up to it. Also there's advice about how and when to visit after move, common emotional reactions of family to the move, and common emotional reactions of person with dementia to the move. It was just the kind of information I was looking for and was not able to find in other books.
It's clearly organized and to the point. I am really impressed. All 52 pages help light the way of the journey. Includes checksheet/worklist at end for assessing each LTC home you visit.
Table of Contents:
Making the Decision to Move
Advantages and Disadvantages to Moving
Why Moving is Hard
Locating Residential Care Homes
Preparing Yourself for the Visit
Questions to Ask and Things to Look For
After your Visit
Visiting with (or without?) Your Relative
Talking to Your Relative about the Move
Planning for Moving Day
Building Relationships with Staff
Some Suggestions for Visiting
Common Emotional Reactions of Families
Common Emotional Reactions of New Residents
The only thing that was worthwhile were the case studies.