March 02, 2015

Resources for support groups - multiple copies available

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

Communication and mealtimes toolkit : helping people with dementia to eat, drink & communicate : a guide for carers
This toolkit is intended as a brief practical guide for those living and working with people with dementia, at home or in a care setting, when the dementia has reached a stage where significant support is needed. There are recommendations on how to focus on person-centred care with particular reference to communication and mealtimes. Person-centred care underpins all the advice given. The first section is about communication. The second section is devoted to looking at mealtimes in detail. Advice is offered on how to prepare a person for mealtimes and how to provide the most suitable environment.

Staying on the move with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia NSW
National Roads and Motorists' Association (Australia).

Dementia is one of the conditions that drivers are required by law to report to the Roads and Maritime Services. While having dementia doesn’t automatically mean a person can no longer drive, it will require them to get a medical assessment and possibly undertake a practical driving test. As driving impacts on independence, the issue is highly complex and often fraught and emotional for all involved.
Staying on the Move with Dementia provides a raft of helpful measures around driving with dementia and alternatives for people when they can no longer drive. These include:
•How to identify early warning signs that dementia may be affecting someone’s driving
•Advice on how to help the person deal with the condition and how to prepare them for the time when they can no longer drive
•How to access alternative transport options when a person can no longer drive

Staying connected with people when you have dementia
Finding out that you have dementia can come as a shock. At first, it might be difficult to talk about what is happening to you. You may need some time to come to terms with the news. Your circle of family and friends can support you to live well. People will want to offer you help - but they might not know how. You may also find it difficult to ask people for support. This booklet has been written with the help of people with dementia and their families and friends. We hope it will help you to talk to your own friends and family about the support they can offer you.

Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia
The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they had looked after at home after the person entered long-stay care. This booklet is aimed at carers who want to continue their involvement in the lives of the people they have cared for, even if they are no longer responsible for their day-to-day physical care needs.

Activities: a guide for carers of people with dementia
Alzheimer Scotland
Keeping someone with dementia busy and engaged will become more difficult as the dementia progresses. However by focusing on what he or she can do, even when the illness is quite advanced, you can both enjoy a range of stimulating activities and outings together. How much time you can devote to activities will depend on your personal circumstances. If you work, have other commitments or have a young family to care for you will obviously have less time, but there are still activities you can do as part of the daily routine.
The types of activities that the person you care for will be able to do will depend on his or her degree of dementia and general health. Activities should be appropriate to the person and reflect his or her previous and present interests. Tailor the activities to fit in with his or her preferences and abilities and make sure he or she will be able to physically cope with them. Activities should be positive and enjoyable.

Live well, die well : information for carers, families and friends of people with end stage dementia
The aim of this handbook is to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, through their lives living with dementia, to the end of life stage using a Palliative Care Approach.  The ultimate goal of palliative care is to relieve any emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and social suffering promoting quality of life until death.

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