February 11, 2015

New resources for professional carers

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
Loving, the essence of being a butterfly in dementia care
This book focuses on changing cultures in dementia care homes offering a practical approach on how to increase connections with people living with a dementia. The book identifies what it takes to ensure the essence of living is at the heart of a care home. The metaphor of a ‘Butterfly’ is used to describe the way in which people can connect in a variety of ways throughout the day, bringing colour and being loving to ‘care’. Each essence of being a butterfly in dementia care is explained and includes a wide range of simple but effective ideas for transforming a care home.

Personalisation and dementia : a guide for person-centred practice
Personalisation builds on person-centred care to focus on how people with dementia can have more choice and control in their lives, and be supported to be part of their community. This practical guide explains how to deliver personalised services and support for people with dementia through simple, evidence-based person-centred practices and tools.

The St Vincent's Hospital Handbook of Clinical Psychogeriatrics
Thanks to advances in modern medicine, people are living longer than ever. Geriatric patients, however, face a number of unique challenges—mood disorders, dementia, the inability to live independently and more—and their families, caregivers and even social service providers might not know all the warning signs. How does one identify neglect? Is an elderly person’s sudden forgetfulness depression or dementia? What kinds of psychotherapies are most helpful for older people?
This medical handbook covers a wide variety of topics related to diagnosing and caring for elderly people with psychiatric issues.

Visual stories dementia from the perspective of people living with dementia, their carers and families : a training resource for health professionals [DVD]
After viewing the DVD and reading the handbook students will be able to: articulate the prevalence of dementia and the importance of its impact on contemporary medical practice; understand the different types of dementia; understand a range of issues to be considered by the medical practioner when meeting a person with dementia and/or their carer; recognise how the quality of the health professionals' relationship can support people with dementia and their carers to enjoy an improved quality of life.

General dementia knowledge resource [CD-Rom]
This interactive CD-ROM encompasses the understanding of dementia in Neuro-pathology and Neuro-physiology, as well as personally from the perspectives of people living with dementia and their families. The General Dementia Knowledge Resource is an inquiry based learning framework that includes case studies to illustrate some of the different types of dementia and its affects on diagnosis, treatment, and the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Activity guidelines for health professionals working with male clients with dementia
The men’s activities in this guideline are grouped according to different personal components and can therefore be implemented in relation to the person’s individual needs:
• Physical activities and games
• Reminiscence and storytelling activities
• Community outings
• Work-like activities

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