A new book that highlights the need for human relationships in dementia care will be launched on September 30.
Holding Time: Human Need & Relationships in Dementia Care, written by Esther Ramsay-Jones, is informed by the author’s work in dementia care and palliative care as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.
The book is written ethnographically and it unfolds as a narrative, including the real words of staff and residents from the care homes in which the author conducted observations.
The book explores how the relational investment in care is vital alongside a technical one, detailing the micro-interactions of everyday care, concern and play before moving out to a wider, organisational and macro stage.
Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones lectures on ‘Death, Dying and Bereavement’ at the Open University and has presented her work at various locations around the world.