Studies show that residents of nursing homes and assisted living
facilities are at a substantial risk of having psychiatric
disorders. This practical volume provides much-needed clinical
guidance for the prevention and appropriate treatment of mental
illness in long-term care settings.
Abhilash K. Desai and George T. Grossberg offer a basic
framework for a humanistic, team-based approach to meeting the
needs of elder persons with mental disorders in long-term care
facilities. Early chapters cover the demographics of residents, the
epidemiology of their psychiatric symptoms, and the assessment
process. Subsequent chapters focus on major disorders, including
dementia, delirium, depression, psychosis, and anxiety. The authors
discuss end-of-life issues and treatments and offer suggestions for
improving care. Throughout, they highlight the importance of the
relationship between staff and residents.
Emphasizing creative engagement and hands-on care and featuring
clinical vignettes and practical tips, this optimistic volume
reinforces the potential for nursing homes and assisted living
facilities to be communities where residents thrive.
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