October 16, 2014

Books for people working in long term care

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au
Empowered work teams in long-term care : strategies for improving outcomes for residents & staff
by Dale Yeatts et al
Creating empowered work teams--a method of involving non-management employees in brainstorming, problem solving, and decision making within an organization--has proven successful in the manufacturing sector and is now being applied to the long-term care field. This practical guide illustrates the far-reaching benefits of empowered work teams in long-term care organizations and explains in everyday terms how to implement the concept.
Embracing the goals of the culture change movement, empowered work teams infuse direct care workers with a sense of efficacy and accountability. These self-directed teams offer input into care practices, facility procedures, and scheduling in ways that improve outcomes for both staff and older adults. This effective management concept can be applied in all long-term care settings, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health care programs. Staff empowerment offers long-term care administrators multiple advantages, including:- improved quality of care,
increased staff morale, higher staff retention, enhanced communication.

Bon appetit! : the joy of dining in long-term care
by Jitka Zgola and Gilbert Bordillon
Focusing on principles of resident autonomy and person-centered care, this program provides opportunities for social interaction, activity programming, functional improvements, and sensory pleasures. Special attention is devoted to identifying the needs of people with dementia. Critical assessment tools and a complete training itinerary are among the invaluable aids you’ll find. Best of all, 72 ready-to-use recipes provide tasty, nutritious, and manageable alternatives to traditional institutional foods.

Care that works: a relationship approach to persons with dementia
by Jitka Zgola
The author explains that optimal dementia care involes three elements: a good relationship between the caregiver and the person who has dementia, a safe and nurturing environment and meaning ful activities.  Topics that receive special attention include communication with persons who have language deficits and coping with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Nonviolent communication : a language of compassion
by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Nonviolent Communication is a simple process that facilitates the flow of communication necessary to exchange information and resolve differences compassionately. It is based on identifying universaly shared standards and needs. NVC can be practically applied in educational institutions, business and industry, social service agencies and politically charged situations, as well as family and personal relationships.
Nonviolent Communication encourages people to use language that increases goodwill. It teaches people how to avoid language that creates resentment or lowers self esteem. It emphasizes compassion as the motivation for actions, rather than fear, guilt, shame or blame. It also emphasizes personal responsibility for our choices. Nonviolent Communication can be used effectively even without the other person's or group's knowledge of the process.

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