May 15, 2015

Caring for people with confusion or Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

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A Clinician's Field Guide to Good Practice: Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Assessment and Better Care (DCRC-ABC) at UNSW Australia
The aim of this field guide is to provide initial points for consideration for clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons living with dementia, who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Key principles for care of confused hospitalised older persons
Agency for Clinical Innovation (N.S.W.).
present with or develop confusion during their admission, most commonly as a result of dementia and delirium.
This confusion affects the experience of care for the older person, their carer and family, as well as for staff working in
the health facility.
Confusion is associated with increased risks of medical and surgical complications, falls, institutionalisation following
hospitalisation, mortality, increased length of hospital stay, increased readmission rates, and functional decline. Early
identification of confusion, treatment of the underlying cause and management of symptoms can prevent these adverse
effects and minimise their duration and severity.
The Care of the Confused Older Persons (CHOPs) Program is a collaboration between the ACI and the NHMRC Cognitive
Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) which aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of confused older people in

Animal assisted therapy : pet therapy : in dementia care
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services Vic
CONTENTS: CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY AND ANIMAL ASSISTED ACTIVITY: --   Definition:  --  Therapeutic goals for Animal Assisted Therapy or Activities --   Indications for the use of Animal Assisted Therapy: --   Individuals most likely to benefit:  --   GUIDELINES FOR ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY VISITS  --   GUIDELINES FOR PETS RESIDING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES AND VISITING ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY PETS --   Infection control considerations: --   Risk Management:  --   Special Notes and Precautions: --  TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL MOBILE FARM VISITS  -- GUIDELINES FOR SUPPORTING PETS IN THE COMMUNITY --  Special Notes and Precautions: --  PET HEALTH INSURANCE LINKS --  USEFUL WEB RESOURCES:  --  ANIMAL ADOPTION --  THE LOSS OF A COMPANION ANIMAL AND THE GRIEF OF THE PET OWNER -- Helping the bereaved person with dementia: --  CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF SIMULATED AND ROBOTIC PET THERAPY: --  Introduction: -- GUIDELINES FOR SIMULATED AND ROBOTIC ASSISTED PET THERAPY -- Introducing the simulated or robotic pet: --  Special notes and precautions:  -- Interaction and use of these therapies:  --  Cleaning instructions:  --  TOYS AND SUPPLIERS FOR SIMULATED PET THERAPY  --   --  PARO: THE ROBOTIC SEAL  -- DOCUMENTATION AND EVALUATION -- THE EVIDENCE BASE: A Literature Review --  SIMULATED PETS -- REFERENCES/FURTHER READING -- APPENDIX 1 --  VICTORIAN CONTACTS:  -- TRAINING FOR ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY  --  SUPPORT GROUPS:  -- DOG WALKERS IN MELBOURNE (VIC) -- HOME BASED CARE FOR ANIMALS: -- Companion Animal Volunteer Service: --  APPENDIX 2  --  Sample cat careplan

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