Communication Skills for Effective Dementia Care: A Practical Guide to Communication and Interaction Training (CAIT)

Communication Skills for Effective Dementia Care: A Practical Guide to Communication and Interaction Training (CAIT)

by Ian Andrew James, Laura Gibbons

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Effective communication is critical for everyone, and this insightful book teaches the skills needed by healthcare staff in their day-to-day interactions with people with dementia and their families. Often when people with dementia exhibit behaviour that challenges, it is an indication that their needs are not being met. The authors illustrate the key aspects of communication for the development of a skilled and confident workforce, capable of providing thoroughly effective care that reduces levels of agitation in people with dementia.

The first six chapters describe the CAIT (Communication and Interaction Training) framework established by the authors. This is followed by chapters contributed by experts on the Positive Care Approach™, appropriate touch and communication with people in the late stages of dementia. Accessible and practical, it will help caregivers develop and articulate existing skills as well as gain new ones, allowing them to overcome the challenges faced when caring for people with dementia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785926242
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ian Andrew James is Lead for the Behaviour Support Services in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and Honorary Professor at University of Bradford, UK.

Laura Gibbons is the Principal Coordinator and Trainer for the CAIT project in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT, and an Occupational Therapist working at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ian Andrew James is Challenging Behaviour Trust Lead for Older People and Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. Having graduated in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, he undertook a PhD in cognitive psychology at Lancaster University. After completing his clinical training at Newcastle University, he spent four years at Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, undertaking work on therapeutic competence. He has published extensively in the field of mental health, training and clinical supervision, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He is an honorary professor at Bradford University, and now focuses on applying therapy to people with dementia.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1. 1. Introduction to CAIT. 2. Understanding People's Needs. 3. General Communication - Inner hub. 4. Dementia Specific Communication - Outer hub. 5. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Levels of Functioning - Spokes. 6. Formulation-led approaches - Rim. Part 2. 7. Using Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care™ (PAC™) and GEMS™ to enhance care givers' communication skills. Susannah Thwaites. 8. Promoting Consent to touch during Personal Care. Luke Tanner. 9. Adaptive Interaction: facilitating communication in advanced dementia. Dr Maggie Ellis & Professor Arlene Astell. 10. What we have communicated and what next!

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