The always insightful Dorothea Johnson reviews Al Power’s new book…
I’ll add my comment to the bottom of the post.
Dear Dr. Power,
Your book is truly superb – it covers a lot of ground by incorporating best practices from the most relevant literature out there along with your incredibly deep and thoughtful insight. Your story telling and writing skills are a really nice bonus – you should be very proud of your work! “Dementia Beyond Drugs” is transforming people across the country as we speak. I believe that it will have a direct impact on the well-being of the millions of people with dementia who currently live in institutions.
As to the question of how you create training curriculum based on the book, I would suggest that you write two separate modules. The first module should be geared toward leadership and management staff where you use the content of the first half of the book (culture change). The second module should be directed at the care partners and should emphasize the content of the latter half of your book. I say this because I believe that most care partners today are eager to practice person-centered skills but are lacking the safety net of an organizational culture that values and honors this different set of skills.
I recently wrote very similar type of training curriculum for my organization based on the work of the Bradford Dementia Group (Dawn Brooker, Danuta Lapintska, and others). After I presented it to our leadership team, we sat down and began working on changing some specific management systems to match the ideology of an enriched dementia care model. So we actually changed a few of our assessment tools to incorporate these elements. We also worked on I-care plans although these have not materialized quite yet. Anyway, my point is, as you well know, that culture change has to be driven from the top down or else it can not be succesful. Likewise, it has to be embedded in every aspect of the organizational system (policies, procedures, recruitment strategies, job descriptions, reward systems, etc) or else it will fail.
Buy this BOOK!