College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section, Older People Newsletter
Providing a compelling case for both the need for therapeutic intervention, delivered through the medium of the great outdoors and the need to see the service user as a person first, this text is a timely reminder in these figure focussed times that as therapists we have more to offer than a focus simply on service users daily routines.
Many of us are fearful of dementia and its implications, and these fears are often translated into being overprotective. We can find ourselves de-skilling people who are already losing their abilities - all in the name of keeping them safe. This book challenges the assumptions underpinning this approach, with beautifully written essays from a range of contributors... Everyone involved in the care of individuals with dementia, or with their relatives, will benefit from reading this book. Many of the sections include good references for those who wish to study further ~This is not a textbook as such. Instead, it provides thoughtful inspiration and suggestions.
Journal of Ageing & Society
I found the book an inspiration in terms of current practice that incorporates the natural world into care and therapeutic treatment. By giving voice to first-person narratives of those experiencing dementia to articulate the benefits they experience through contact with the natural world in all its myriad form, as well as contributions from professionals and carers, the book weaves effortlessly between different narrative and perspectives remaining true to a holistic vision of care where the natural world is central.
Plus - Christian Council on Ageing
Jane Gilliard and Mary Marshall are to be congratulated on plugging a real gap in the literature with this very readable book
a fascinating book with many good ideas from several countries. Care homes can be such stuffy and unnatural places, unhealthy for mind, body and spirit, but, increasingly, there are homes where the garden and livestock are an everyday, all-season, parts of the place, and essential to the culture of care. None of us can live well or fully without some "fresh air on our faces".
Marie-Jo Guisset Martinez, Programmes Manager, Foundation Médéric Alzheimer
How can one accept that people with dementia are deprived of the so simple and yet essential pleasures of relating to Nature when the solutions are there, in this rich and inspiring book?