Dementia books and resources

Dementia Reconsidered, Revisited; the person still comes first

Dementia Reconsidered, Revisited book cover

by Tom Kitwood (Author), Dawn Brooker (Editor)

Available for purchase from Amazon or other on line booksellers

The original Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First by Tom Kitwood was published by Open University Press in 1997. It was a seminal text in the field of dementia studies and is still cited and referenced as core reading on person-centred dementia care. Tom died unexpectedly, just 12 months after the book was published.

This book continues to inspire many people to challenge simplistic paradigms about dementia. Since the original book was written, however, there have been many changes in our understanding of dementia.

The editor of this new edition, Dawn Brooker was mentored by Tom Kitwood. She has drawn together a remarkable group of writers to provide a commentary on Kitwood’s work. This new edition reproduces the original chapters but provides extra content from subject experts to update the book to a contemporary level.

Dementia Reconsidered Re-visited is an ideal main text or supplementary text for all those studying or working in nursing, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, adult education, gerontology and health and social care more generally.


Person-Centred Dementia Care: Making Services Better with the VIPS Framework (2nd Edition)

The cover of a book entitiled "Person Centred Dementia Care"

By Dawn Brooker and Isabelle Latham

Available for purchase from Jessica Kingsley Publishers or other on line booksellers

Exploring issues related to person-centred care for people with dementia, this new edition of a bestselling book shows how to provide care services that enable people to live well.

The book looks at working in a person-centred way from diagnosis to end-of-life care, referencing recent developments and applications of the VIPS model.

The VIPS framework has also been used as the underlying concept for the free Care Fit for VIPS online toolkit which aims to help improve the quality of dementia care. You can access the toolkit here.





Nursing and Health Survival Guide: Dementia Care

The cover of the book "Dementia Survival Guide"

Ideal for quick reference, this pocket-sized guide puts all the crucial information on caring for patients with dementia at your fingertips.

Written by our own Professor Dawn Brooker, Mary Bruce and Sue Lillyman, the guide tells you all you need to know about:

  • Person-centred dementia care
  • Communication and managing behaviour
  • Pain assessment
  • Nutrition and medication
  • Advanced care plans
  • And much more

Available to purchase from Amazon and other online booksellers (2nd edition available since August 2022).

Making your home and garden dementia friendly

The cover of the Alzheimer's society booklet "Making your home dementia friendly"

This booklet is designed for people with dementia who are living at home, and can be downloaded free from the Alzheimer's Society website here.

We have also developed a new booklet to make your garden dementia friendly. This is formatted as a booklet, so please choose this option if you print a copy. 

Stand by Me

Handbook and DVD (now upgraded to a free e-learning course - see link above)

Stand by Me was originally created as a DVD training resource to help healthcare staff communicate better with people living with dementia.