Three publications for caregivers are available from the Atlanta Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Understanding and Caring for the Person with Alzheimer's Disease: A Practical Guide helps train caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease. It has been used to train both family caregivers and staff of nursing homes, adult day care centers, and hospitals.
The guide explains dementia and Alzheimer's disease and discusses the impact of the disease on the family. More than half of the book deals with techniques of care and management. A set of speaker support slides is also available to accompany the booklet.
Guide to Home Safety for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease identifies home safety risks of which family caregivers are frequently unaware. It offers a variety of solutions to making the environment hazard-free.
The third publication. Manual for Providers of In-Home Respite Care of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease is written to give organizations a head-start in formulating their own services. It includes a chart showing the continuum of respite care services; methods of recruitment selection and training of respite care providers; and an approach to determine the amount of care needed by the client and the caregiver.
Packaged in a loose-leaf notebook, the manual includes text, sample forms, and the Guide to Home Safety.
For more information, contact Atlanta Area Chapter, Alzheimer's Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340; 404-451-1300.