April 24, 2015

University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre practical information

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

The Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, Scotland is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.
We draw on research and practice, from across the world, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on all aspects of dementia.
For over 25 years we have worked with individuals and organisations
·         to improve the design of care environments
·         to make communities dementia-friendly
·         to influence policy and to improve services for people with dementia
The DSDC publishes many excellent resources which are held at the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW library including:
 
1   Helpful hints on heating and lighting for people with dementia and their carers
This guide is packed with practical advice on how to make sure your home is warm and well lit.
People with dementia may be particularly vulnerable because they don’t get access to good advice on how to manage their heating and lighting efficiently. Lots of help is available and this book explains what you need to know and where to go for further help and advice

Designing lighting for people with dementia
If you take a holistic approach to dementia care, it means paying attention to the environment as well as the person. The Dementia Services Development Centre has previously published pioneering work on the design of interiors and gardens for people with dementia, and this book on lighting complements and supports these. The guidance on the following pages has been designed to be relevant to both lay-people and specialists. For care home staff and clinical teams, the book provides  insights into how a well-lit environment can improve quality of life for people with dementia. Specialists such as architects and facilities managers will find a range of practical information that will ensure their buildings are fit for purpose and pleasant places in which to live and work. Well-designed lighting is a key factor in minimizing the sensory impairments experienced by people with dementia, and people who have the common impairments that come with ageing.

The birthday suit : caring for the skin of people with dementia
This guide from our Intimate Caring Series has been revised and updated in line with current good practice in skincare of frail older people with dementia. It focuses on aspects of personal care that are part of the daily tasks of care staff, in particular how to protect the skin from exterior damage. Food and drink and how they relate to the skincare of older people are also discussed.

Helping with baths and showering
Bathing and showering are very personal and private activities. This booklet looks at how we can respond to the person with dementia with dignity, respect, and provides some tips on how to deal with difficulties that can crop up. 
 
Designing balconies, roof terraces and roof gardens for people with dementia
This book is one of a series to assist providers, architects, commissioners and managers to improve the design of buildings which are used by people with dementia. The book has been produced in response to an increasing number of requests for advice about the provision of outside space for buildings of more than one storey. As land values increase and people wish to remain in familiar inner city areas, we are more likely to see higher multi-storey care homes. This book describes practical ways in which new and existing buildings can maximise opportunities for people with dementia to access outside space using balconies, roof terraces and roof gardens.

Living well with dementia [DVD]
This DVD offers descriptions of how a person living with dementia can have an enjoyable life by examining; living at home with the care of family members and social activities and residential care facilities that are person centred and use dementia specific training, environments and activities to help the person with dementia and their family and friends to live well. Includes a long version (22 min.) and a short version (7 min.)

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