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The Heart of Care: Dignity in Action – A Guide to Person-centred Compassionate Elder Care
Author: Amanda Waring
Publisher: Souvenir Press
The accomplished actor Dame Dorothy Tutin was 70 when she was diagnosed with terminal leukaemia and admitted to an NHS hospital for a course of chemotherapy. She was accorded neither compassion nor care.
‘I feel like a caged animal,’ she told her daughter Amanda Waring, fearful that a nurse would overhear her complaint and treat her with even frostier distain. After ten days, Amanda smuggled her mother to another hospital, where she rallied and lived for another 18 months.
That short spell her mother spent in hospital has shaped Amanda’s life ever since. She is now a film-maker, public speaker and teacher specialising in the dignified care of older people. The RCN has accredited her dementia training packs.
The Heart of Care is not a whinge-fest. Rather, it is a practical, supportive little book that would be of use to anyone caring for older people.
None of what is written should come as a great surprise to nurses, but its common-sense approach is refreshing, and there are some excellent ‘light-bulb moments’ along the way.
It covers topics such as the transition from home or hospital to care home, creating person-centred care homes, coping with dementia, creativity and activity in care, and honouring and celebrating older people.
Reviewer: Irene Mabbott
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