Comforting the Confused

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Comforting the Confused

SKU# 9780826112613

Strategies for Managing Dementia, 2nd Edition

Author: Stephanie B. Hoffman PhD, Constance A. Platt MA


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"How to comfort? How to help?" are questions often asked by persons providing care to individuals suffering from dementia. According to Hoffman and Platt--a warm smile, gentle touch, and soothing voice tone can help toward improving quality of life.

The authors believe caregivers should be encouraged to emphasize non-verbal aspects of their communication throughout their daily care of the demented. Hoffman and Platt provide research-based, practical guidelines for communicating with dementia patients and offer strategies for responding to depression, aggression, wandering, and other behavioral problems. New to the Second edition are chapters addressing:

  • Feeding strategies
  • Falls and Use of Mechanical Restraints
  • Special Care Units
  • Dying and Grieving
Each chapter features learning objectives, a pretest, a posttest, and learning exercises. The book is a valuable tool for inservice training and a practical resource for professionals.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 28, 2000
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826112613
  • EISBN 9780826117168

Table of Contents 

    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the First Edition
    Part I: Communication Issues
  1. Sensory Communication Changes in Normal and Demented Elders
  2. Communication Strategies with Dementia Residents

  3. Part II: Dementing Illnesses
  4. Alzheimer’s Disease
  5. Vascular Dementia

  6. Part III: Management Issues
  7. Managing Illness
  8. Solving Difficult Behavior Problem
  9. Feeding Strategies
  10. Wandering
  11. Falls and the Use of Mechanical Restraints
  12. Relocation Stress

  13. Part IV: Special Issues
  14. Caring for the Younger Residents
  15. Working With Families of Dementia Residents
  16. Special Care Units
  17. Dying and Grieving