Meaningful touch is an essential part of truly person-centred dementia care,
yet its value is often viewed as secondary to its perceived risks. This book
restores trust in the power of touch, demonstrating the vital role it plays
in supporting personhood, relationships and wellbeing, and challenging the
barriers preventing staff from using touch effectively.
Discussing a range of different types of touch, Luke Tanner places touch
in the context of consent and safeguarding to produce a realistic guide to
maximising the benefits of touch in care and minimising its negative effects.
Each engaging and thoughtfully composed chapter concludes with a concise
set of step-by-step instructions, so that caring professionals can easily make
positive changes to attitudes and approaches in their settings.