June 29, 2015

New resources for health care professionals

 
 
HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND)
 

Approximately 92% of the people living with HIV in Australia are male, and 83% are gay men. The average age in this population is 49 years.

Most people living with HIV in Australia were born in Australia (78%); however, this figure is likely to be biased in favour of people who speak English, and may underestimate the number of people born overseas who are living with HIV in Australia.

This toolkit is about medical conditions associated with HIV, known as HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). HAND affects cognitive (thinking) abilities such as memory, language, attention, concentration, planning, judgement and organisation.

This toolkit is for paid and volunteer workers in community care settings who support people with HIV. The toolkit provides information to increase knowledge and understanding of the cognitive issues of HIV and their impact on self-care. It helps workers identify and address these issues to support better health outcomes for people with HIV and HAND.

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.

Dementia : from advanced disease to bereavement

book review
My initial impressions of this book were of surprise. I was expecting a hefty hardback book which would be dry and laborious to read, giving lots of facts coupled with medical data.

What I found was a little gem in the world of dementia care. It was a neat, portable relevant handbook. The chapters are well laid out covering all aspects of end of life care in dementia but with so much more, the introductions at the start of each chapter led into the clinical detail beautifully.

Chapter 16; Communication was a welcome and somewhat innovative chapter focusing not just on the person with a dementia, but also the families. This chapter provided guidance on consultation skills, conducting family meetings and promoting resilience within families as well as communication with younger family members which highlighted ‘in the distress that occurs when facing a major loss, children are often forgotten as adults struggle to cope'.

In summary I feel this is a most useful addition to any clinical setting providing care for dementia patient's but in particular the advanced and end of life stages. Its easy to read, accessible and well laid out chapters allow the user to ‘dip in and out' of relevant areas of practice. Topics covered provide a comprehensive and up to date point of reference with clear indicators to allow for further reading and or additional support in other chapters.
by  Admiral Nurse, Kent

Palliative care in dementia : a course for health & social care staff and family & friends of people with dementia : facilitator's guide

The materials
The Facilitator’s Guide is designed to enable facilitators
to deliver the course. It is supported by three workbooks
for participants entitled:
• Communication and the person with dementia
• Communication towards the end of life for the person with dementia, their family and friends
• Communication with family members and friends. The notes in the Facilitator’s Guide include background information about dementia and different models of
care. There are also a number of extracts from research papers about dementia and palliative care. These will allow facilitators to become more confident in delivering
all aspects of the course. The content of the workbooks is relevant to care workers from backgrounds including health, social care and care homes.
The content of the workbooks is relevant to several knowledge specifications relating to Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Health and Social Care. The course is
subject to accreditation from the SQA level 3. The course material is suitable for mapping onto the Knowledge Skills Framework.

Strength cards for [kit]
These 24 strengths cards are an essential tool for coaches, managers, teachers – indeed, anyone who is interested in helping people fulfil their potential. Based on the 24 character strengths that define what’s best about people, they can be used as a positive resource to understand personal strengths; to develop new ones; to get to know other people and to enhance relationships.

Necessary losses : the loves, illusions, dependencies, and impossible expectations that all of us have to give up in order to grow

Contents : Introduction p. 15 --  The Separate Self   --  The High Cost of Separation p. 21  --  The Ultimate Connection p. 34  --  Standing Alone p. 43  -- The Private "I" p. 51  --  Lessons in Love p. 66  -- The Forbidden and the Impossible   --  When Are You Taking That New Kid Back to the Hospital? p. 83  --  Passionate Triangles p. 100  --  Anatomy and Destiny p. 115  --  Good as Guilt p. 130  -- Childhood's End p. 142  --  Imperfect Connections   --  Dreams and Realities p. 161  --  Convenience Friends and Historical Friends and Crossroads and Cross-Generational Friends and Friends Who Come When You Call at Two in the Morning p. 170  --  Love and Hate in the Married State p. 185  --  Saving the Children p. 205  --  Family Feelings p. 223  --  Loving, Losing, Leaving, Letting go   --  Love and Mourning p. 237  --  Shifting Images p. 265  --  I Grow Old ... I Grow Old p. 284  --  The ABC of Dying p. 305  -- Reconnections

Lewy body dementia: information for patients, families, and professionals

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease. Although lesser known than its “cousins” Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, LBD is not a rare disorder. More than 1 million Americans are affected by its disabling changes in the ability to think and move. This 40-page booklet helps people with LBD, their families, and professionals learn more about the disease and resources for coping.

Gazing into the oracle : the Delphi method and its application to social policy and public health
The Delphi Method is an exercise in group communication. It is intended to enhance informed decision-making by enabling decision makers to plan based on a wide reservoir of knowledge, experience and expertise in a systematic manner. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 contains chapters on theoretical, methodological and practical issues - including computerisation - which are raised by the Delphi Method while Part 2 consists of a series of case studies which illustrate the application fo the Delphi Method to a range of problems in social policy and public health. The case studies show how the Delphi Method has been used to study future trends in mental health and mental health care, services for the elderly, accidents, family planning services, the implications of advances in biomedical and behavioural research and the administration of social security.

These  and other similar 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

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