Creating dementia friendly community

Jacqui Sheppard from Home Instead with librarian Emma Scott
Jacqui Sheppard from Home Instead with librarian Emma Scott

Home Instead Senior Care, which provides care enabling older people to remain in their own homes for longer, has donated copies of their dementia care book to Dacorum libraries.

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible.

Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with.

Each chapter begins with a real life example and goes on to explain why the behaviour happens, suggestions for care approaches and prevention tips. The book even gives ‘conversation starters’ – giving help with what to say in different situations.