October 16, 2014

Resources to help navigate aged care services

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

Aged care, who cares? : Where? How? & How much?
by Rachel Lane and Noel Whittaker
This is the definitive guide to the vast range of options available to senior Australians today. Whatever your financial status, current state of health or future hopes and plans, you'll find good advice to help you make the best choices for your senior years.

Navigating residential aged care
by Yvonne Burns
Prospective residents and their families are encouraged to be discerning in their choice of a facility, knowing the obligations of approved providers (owners and operators of facilities) and understanding the rights of the resident, including their legal right to make decisions and expect a high standard of care once they enter such a facility.

The Most difficult decision: dementia and the move into residential aged care : Discussion paper 5 October 2012
Jo-Ann Brown, Alzheimer's Australia NSW
“While many people with dementia and their families and carers would like to stay in their own home for as long as possible, there comes a time for a lot of people when there is a need for the sorts of care that residential aged care facilities provide, what the research has found is that communication in this process is key – that includes the person with dementia and their families and carers planning ahead for the possibility of the need to move into a residential aged care facility, as well as with staff in the care facility at the time of the move to help ease the transition.” John Watkins CEO Alzheimer's Australia

 A little yarn goes a long way : what can you do if you’re worried about the way an older person is being cared for?
Aged Care Complaints Scheme
Australian Governement Department of Health & Ageing
The animations on this DVD have been developed by the Aged Care Complaints Scheme to encourage community members to raise concerns about problems with the quality of aged care received by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people.

Involving families in care homes : a relationship-centred approach to dementia care
Bob Woods, John Keady and Diane Seddon
Families often wrestle with the decision to move a person with dementia into a care home. The decision can be highly charged and emotional, involving feelings of loss, sadness and guilt. Moreover, developing a good relationship between the family and the care home is not an easy matter.
In this accessible guide the authors take person-centred dementia care a step forward by outlining ways in which care homes can help families to become partners in the caring process. Using case examples, quotations and research-based evidence, the authors offer practical advice and good practice guidelines for supporting relatives who choose to be involved in the care of people with dementia living in a care home, as well as highlighting the value of this involvement. The book is written in an easy-to-read style and incorporates useful features such as checklists for reviewing current practices and summaries of key points for each chapter.
An invaluable resource for care home managers and staff, this book will also be helpful for families of people with dementia, as well as for students and researchers interested in dementia care practice.

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