May 08, 2015

Person-Centred Care

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

In pursuit of the sunbeam: a practical guide to transformation from institution to household
The sunbeam," the right to home, has eluded the frail elders of this country for too long. It is time for a change. In Pursuit of the Sunbeam is a guide for individuals and organizations looking to embrace the true home of the resident-directed Household Model. Based on James O. Prochaska's stages of change, the Norton and Shields Change Matrix plots the transformational journey from beginning awareness of the need for change on a personal level through physical and organizational reconstruction into households licensed as skilled nursing facilities.The authors share their experiences with nursing home transformation in the form of organizational strategies, change theory, practical development practices, leadership behaviors and inspirational storytelling. This book is the quintessential "How-To" of the Household Model - the future of long-term care.

Developing excellent care for people living with dementia in care homes
The award-winning PEARL (Positively Enriching and enhancing Residents' Lives) programme was developed to enable care homes to move from providing good fundamental care to excellent person-centred dementia care. Trialled extensively by one of the UK's largest care providers, it has been proven to dramatically increase the quality of life of people with dementia living in care homes, significantly reducing the use of antipsychotics and the incidence of stress-related behaviours.
This guide, written by the Director of Dementia Care at the care provider which trialled and developed PEARL, describes the key criteria of the programme, and provides best practice guidelines for dementia care practitioners wishing to use the approach in their own care home. With an emphasis on the practical, achievable elements of the programme, and drawing on many useful examples, the author and contributors provide guidelines on, amongst many things, getting the fundamentals of person-centred care right; enabling decision-making; reducing stress-related behaviours; psychosocial treatments; safeguarding; supporting staff; and involving relatives.

Valuing people: an organisational resource enabling a person-centred approach
Valuing people: An organisational resource enabling a person-centred approach (the Resource) is made up of both the Valuing People website and this book. It has been developed by Alzheimer’s Australia to assist community care providers to achieve excellence in person-centred care. It does this by providing a Framework of person-centred principles that supports an organisation self-assessment process.
The Framework underpins the overall approach of the Resource and its accompanying tools and materials. It consists of five guiding VALUEs that describe the aspects of person-centred care that are important for people living in the community. Each value is defined by Elements and Actions that illustrate the behaviours and activities that can help you to ensure a person-centred approach to care. They are building blocks to think about and share with others throughout your organisation that can be used to guide the development of innovative ways to address consumer, staff and organisational needs.
The self-assessment process has been created to gauge the degree to which consumers, their carers, staff and organisational leaders believe community agencies engage in person-centred practices.
The assessment is made up of five different Organisational Self-Assessment Tools (OSATs) that can be completed on the Valuing People website.

What works to promote emotional wellbeing older people : a guide for aged care staff working in community or residential care settings
This booklet has been designed for staff working in community or residential aged care services. It covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. These interventions are grouped by type, for example, physical activity interventions, and interventions to do with music and the arts. Some interventions are supported by a lot of scientific evidence, but others are not. This booklet summarises the strength of evidence for the use of each intervention in each setting, and whether its usefulness has been shown for promoting emotional wellbeing, as well as specifically for anxiety and depression. Most sections include a short case study to demonstrate how the interventions may be used with older people in aged care settings. The booklet also includes a list of interventions that staff may want to consider if their clients or residents have dementia or memory loss. Finally, this booklet provides some advice to community and residential care staff on how to plan an evaluation of whether or not an intervention has made a difference. The booklet focuses on psychosocial interventions that can be used in community settings or residential care. Psychosocial interventions include any interventions that emphasise psychological or social approaches, rather than biological interventions such as medications.

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