|About the Book|
People with mid-stage dementia are served by special care units in long-term care facilities, although as these residents deteriorate, they are transferred out of the unit and into a general nursing home unit. These nursing homes are not equipped to deal with palliative needs of end-stage dementia care. The book addresses those needs. With this in mind, Part One examines the stages of dementia end-stage in particular. Other chapters in this section provide background on the hospice movement and hospice concepts- the idea of maintaining personhood- and administration of a late-stage care unit. Part Two focuses on treatment approaches for common needs in end-stage dementia - medical and physical care- a supportive environment- the fundamentals of care- psychopharmacology- and therapeutic activities. Part 3 contains chapters on family-centred care- legal and ethical issues- programme evaluation- and future opportunities.