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Confidence to Care: New Book for Families Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Sep 12, 2016

Confidence to Care is the first book published by Home Instead Senior Care, Ireland’s largest home care provider, to help families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The book combines personal stories with practical techniques drawn from caregiving experiences from family caregivers and professional Home Instead caregivers and internationally recognised experts.

The book focuses on the most common issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and helps family carers deal with caregiving situations they never thought they would have to face. Each chapter offers plenty of care approaches and prevention tips, and begin with a relevant and moving real-life family caregiver story.

“One of our first experiences with Alzheimer’s disease involved a lady who refused to change her clothes. Marion insisted on wearing the same grey trousers every day, all day. Eventually her caregiver bought her a duplicate pantsuit and that was all that was needed to encourage her to change into a fresh set of clothes. It’s simple tips like this that are included in the book – everyday advice that make the caregiving experience slightly less daunting”, says Ed Murphy, Founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland.

Murphy continues: “Without understanding what triggers the behaviours associated with dementia, or knowing practical techniques to help counter them, it’s easy for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed. But discovering simple tips can mean the difference between endless frustration and a positive care experience”. 

Confidence to Care also highlights the importance of the caring for the caregiver as well as caring for the person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It also provides support in dealing with a range of dementia-related symptoms such as:

  • Aggression and anger
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Bedtime struggles and sleep problems
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Delusions
  • False accusations and paranoia
  • Medication mismanagement
  • Mood changes
  • Repetition
  • Sexually inappropriate behaviour
  • Social withdrawal
  • Wandering

All profits from this book will be donated to dementia-related organisations and causes. The Irish edition of the book is available in paperback and Kindle edition from for €9.45. 

Confidence to Care Cover