This text contains information on how to provide quality long-term institutional care for the person with dementing illness. It provides an in-depth look at the concept, construction, and operation of Wesley Hall, a special living area at the Chelsea United Methodist retirement home in Michigan, designed for victims of dementia. Dr Michael Clemmer focuses on the process that created Wesley Hall which prepares students to design and assist in designing special living areas in long-term care centres. "Victims of Dementia" addresses the needs and challenges of this type of living quarters; includes a guide to the stages and symptoms of the progression of dementia; poses questions and provides answers to pressing problems; discusses strategies for maintaining the independence and competence of victims of dementia; and details numerous strategies and interventions developed and tested at Wesley Hall for a model of better care of this population. Social work and gerontology students anticipating careers in long-term care will find "Victims of Dementia" an instrumental guide to improve the quality and affordability of life for the memory-impaired and demented patient.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc