November 27, 2014

New books for professional practice in aged care

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Aging in rural places : policies, programs, and professional practice
The text presents a research-driven, competency-based approach for the health and human service professionals who work with older rural residents. It discusses both the problems facing older adults and their families and evidence-based solutions regarding policy and best practices. Key issues examined include health and wellness, transportation, housing, long-term care, income, employment, and retirement, along with the needs of special populations (ethnic minorities, immigrants, and the LGBT population). Case examples reinforce an interdisciplinary model that addresses practice with rural elders that encompasses professional competencies, values and ethics, and the roles of a spectrum of health and human service professionals. The text also examines current policies affecting health and social services to rural elders and recommendations for policy change to build an effective health and human service workforce in rural communities.

Physical change & aging : a guide for the helping professions
This sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. The book is distinguished by its thorough focus on anatomy and physiology and common health problems pertaining to each body system.

Culture change in elder care
Supporting the ideals of person-centered care from economic, practical, and moral perspectives, it also speaks to the changing demands of long-term care consumers and how care communities will remain competitive by creating settings where residents and staff can live and grow, and not just grow old.
Highlighting the key principles of person-centered care, including listening to the voice of elders and providing meaningful choices, this book also:
 - debunks perceived legal and regulatory impediments to culture change
 - promotes the changes needed at local, state, and federal levels to  -bring focus to higher quality of life and improved care practices
- illuminates the many benefits to be gained from embracing culture change
- offers advice on the future for community owners, administrators, and managers

Advance directives in mental health : theory, practice and ethics
An advance directive is a way of making a person's views known if he or she should become mentally incapable of giving consent to treatment, or making informed choices about treatment, at some future time. Advance Directives in Mental Health is a comprehensive and accessible guide for mental health professionals advising service users on their choices about treatment in the event of future episodes of mental illness, covering all ideological, legal and medical aspects of advance directives.

Training and development for dementia care workers
Part of Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guides. A guide to running a training programme for dementia care workers incorporating design, delivery and implementation of the programme. The author discusses the theoretical and practical issues involved in designing the training programme, including advice on how best to tailor it to the audience, and highlighting the practical points a trainer needs to consider when delivering a programme. The book concludes with a discussion about the best means of evaluating a training programme and its impact on practice.

Social work with people who have dementia : an exploration of practice in New South Wales
Doctor of Social Work thesis. University of Sydney. by Catherine Anne Quinn
This research was undertaken in late 2005 and it explores the characteristics of social work practice and the use of practice theory with people with dementia in NSW and 21 social workers whose work had significant involvement with people with dementia.
Analysis of data collected indicated that in NSW social work practice with people with dementia had certain defining characteristics. These are a particular attitude to risk, and appreciation of complexity and tolerance. Advocacy was seen to be the defining social work task. The findings suggest that the disabilities approach and the possibility of social work as the ‘lead profession’ in dementia care is a strong possibility in NSW social work practice.

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