When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community

My first book, published with Johns Hopkins University Press.


When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community is a guide to help family and friends navigate the emotional and practical challenges they face when someone they love is living in community care.

Life changes dramatically for the entire family when the decision is made to move a person who has dementia from home to community care. In this book, I help caregivers cope with the difficult behaviors, emotions, and anxieties that both they and their loved one may experience.

Writing from my own practice and drawing on the latest research in gerontology and dementia, I explain the different kinds of dementia, detail the wide range of care communities available for people who have dementia, and speak empathetically to the worry and guilt many families feel.

When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community is an accessible guide offering answers to such questions as:

  • How do I choose a place for my loved one to live?
  • How do I communicate with my loved one living with dementia?
  • What can I find out by visiting a dementia care community?
  • What do I do if my loved one asks about going home?
  • How can I improve the quality of my visits?
  • What is the best way to handle conflict between residents, or between the resident and staff?
  • What do I do if my loved one starts a romantic relationship with another resident?

An indispensable book for family members and friends of people with dementia, When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community touches the heart while explaining how to make a difficult situation better.

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1 review for When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community

  1. rachaelwonderlin

    See all my reviews here: https://www.amazon.com/When-Someone-Living-Dementia-Community/dp/1421420651#customerReviews
    “The book is a quick read, is easy-to-understand, and has helped me to be supportive of my husband and to engage in some extremely difficult discussions.”
    “I read this book a couple of years ago and refer back to it. It’s full of excellent examples of what can go on with a loved one and how to deal with situations. I recommend this book to all!”
    “This is a wonderfully informative book, written in a very straightforward and practical way. The stories intertwined throughout the book really bring it to life. This is a great addition to the field.”

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