April 13, 2015

Australian Journal of Dementia Care - April/May 2015

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au 

News highlights
  • Classroom-based dementia education program for children
  • ‘Dementia avatar’ to assist in training of care workers
  • $15000 for Respite Action Intervention for carers of people with Dementia (RAID) study
  • YOD care, support ‘inadequate’ Senate told
  • UQ scientists find that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to tread AD
  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams due to start mid year

Reconnecting through communication
Sheila Lapping and Leah Bisiani report on the successful development of Communicaid, a dementia-specific communication tool and app that can be tailored to reflect the identity, culture and needs of individual users
*The Communicaid kit is available for loan from the Library
p. 7-8

Hand i Pockets: playfulness fun and dementia
This article is one of a series looking at the role of art, in all its forms, in releasing the creative potential of people with dementia.  John Killick and Gail Kenning report on an innovative international design project that promotes fun and joy for people with mid-and late-stage dementia
p. 9-11 

Putting ‘Person-First’ into practice
Margaret Ryan discusses how Bupa Aged Care is training and empowering its 7000-plus employees to take a ‘Person-First’ approach to dementia care
p. 12-14 

Virtual reality dementia education
Tanya Petrovich reports on the success of Alzheimer’s Australia’s award winning Virtual Dementia Experience in Melbourne
p. 14 

Implementing a dementia and delirium hospital volunteer program
Cath Bateman describes a new resource designed to help Australian hospitals implement an innovative volunteer program supporting patients with dementia and delirium
p. 15-17 

‘Early Birds’ program takes off
WA aged care provider Amana Living is piloting a new program to support younger people diagnosed with dementia and their families
p. 18-19 

Well-being: a strengths-based approach to dementia
G. Allen Power discusses why the person-centred care philosophy has failed to become a reality for so many people and suggests alternatives to traditional approaches to dementia care
* Dr Power’s new book, Dementia beyond disease: enhancing well-being is available for loan from the Library
p. 20-22

Creative support for complex needs: living with bvFTD
In the first of two articles on behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia, Jenny La Fontaine, Anna Buckell and Jan Oyebode explain the distinguishing features of this rare type of dementia and suggest a range of ways of offering individualized support
p. 23-26 

Using one-page profiles to create care plans
Gill Bailey and Tanya Clover explain how one-page profiles can be used to deliver true person-centred care
p. 27-29

Real culture change: the Butterfly Care Homes experience
In the lead-up to his Australian speaking tour in June, David Sheard outlines the butterfly Household Approach to achieving real culture change in dementia care homes, based on a model of emotional intelligence as the primary competency
p. 29-32 
Sheard's books and DVDs are  available for loan from the Library
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.

Experiencing the truth in dementia care : Learn how to improve the quality of dementia care with a simple, easy to use method of observation
This DVD demonstrates the power of undertaking an observation within a care setting. It is a learning tool demonstrating why all staff should be given the opportunity to sit in a dementia care home lounge really seeing, hearing and feeling the lived experience of people.

This DVD focuses on ENABLING staff to be feeling based in dementia care. It comprises of a live dementia care workshop where David Sheard
Key Learning Messages

• Listening to the lived experience of people is what matters most

• Implementing together the three elements of group living, relaxed task orientation and being person centred is achievable

• Valuing quality of life moment by moment has to count in person centred dementia care

• Ensuring real qualitative observations occur regularly can transform future care


Animal-assisted therapy in dementia care: a critical appraisal of evidence
Rachel Fynn and Pamela Roach appraise the current research evidence for animal-assisted therapy in dementia care
p. 33-36

Research News – p. 37-38
  • Study highlights medication management concerns
  • Four factors found to influence quality of life
  • Social participation for family carers
  • Implications for a multicultural workforce

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