January 21, 2015

Reports, policies, tools for better care of people with dementia

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
Cultural awareness tool : understanding cultural diversity in mental health
Multicultural Mental Health Australia
The Cultural Awareness Tool (CAT) aims to provide general guidance to primary care practitioners in how to manage clients with a mental illness in a more culturally aware way.

Preventing and responding to abuse of older people : NSW interagency policy
New South Wales. Department of Family and Community Services
The Interagency Committee on Responding to Elder Abuse recognised the need for a greater focus on interagency cooperation statewide in responding to different forms of abuse. It therefore decided this was best achieved through refining the interagency protocol as a State policy which sets out principles for action to guide the work of the Helpline and Resource Unit and the development of local/regional protocols and practice guidelines at agency level.

Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
Community Affairs References Committee, Australia. Parliament. Senate. Community Affairs References Committee
...  While the model of delivery may differ from one provider to the next, the standard of care should be based on:
- a person-centred approach that takes into account the individual's qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs;
- recognition that dementia alters perceptions and appropriate environments can minimise BPSD
- respect for their rights as patients, offering activities that are engaging and stimulating rather than chemicals and restraints to suppress the outward signs of the illness;....

Helping measure person-centred care : a review of evidence about commonly used approaches and tools used to help measure person-centred care
Dr Debra de Silva, The Evidence Centre
This rapid review summarises research about measuring the extent to which care is person-centred.
Three key questions guided the review:
•How is person-centred care being measured in healthcare?
•What types of measures are used?
•Why and by whom is measurement taking place?
The review signposts to research about commonly used approaches and tools to help measure person-centred care. It aims to showcase the many tools available.

COTA : 50+ report : with a focus on how and where older people are living
In 2013 COTA NSW conducted a consumer survey of people aged 50 years and over. This 50+ Report reflects the views of the many people who participated in our survey.
The objective of this survey was to investigate consumer attitudes in relation to a number of issues important to older people. Respondents were asked to identify factors that contributed to their ability to age well, and to provide information about their current levels of access to, usage of and satisfaction with health services, including general practitioners, mental health services and hospitals. Additionally, respondents were asked to communicate their views about a range of end of life issues, including palliative care.

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