September 29, 2015

how the environment, technology and you can help ...

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Living with dementia : how the environment, technology and you can help kit includes DVD, booklet and charts
In the same way that a ramp and a wheelchair may assist the independence and safety of a person with mobility needs, modifying the environment and using assistive technology may support the cognitive and practical needs of a person living with dementia.

Building type basics for senior living
Perkins Eastman
Essential information you need to plan and successfully complete the design of residential care environments for seniors on time and within budget. Primary authors Bradford Perkins and J. David Hoglund and their Perkins Eastman colleagues—all experts in senior living design—share firsthand knowledge to guide you through all aspects of the design of senior living communities, including independent living and assisted living apartments, and skilled nursing facilities.
This edition features new examples of completed projects and is up to date with the latest developments in senior living design, including coverage of sustainable design, renovation and reinvention, international opportunities, operations, and project financing.

This new edition offers:
•Numerous photographs, diagrams, and plans
•A new chapter on issues, trends, and challenges for the senior living industry in the next decade
•A new chapter devoted to sustainability strategies and considerations
•Up-to-date coverage of new technologies being implemented in senior living facilities
•New space programming standards and sample programs
Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings DVD or book series
Maximizing cognitive and functional abilities DVD or book
Margaret P. Calkins and Eileen Lipstreuer
How do the physical and caregiving environments of a long-term care facility influence the functioning of its residents with dementia? Viewers will learn to appreciate the sometimes insurmountable challenges presented by typical residential facilities when residents have to navigate daily activities with a host of age-related cognitive and sensory deficits. Deteriorating abilities to maintain independence are a hallmark of dementia, but they needn’t lead directly to helplessness. With simple changes to the environment, facility staff can maximize functional independence and minimize excess disabilities. Here is a step-by-step process for identifying barriers and finding respectful, supportive solutions. Through individual profiles of residents, viewers learn to apply this sensible problem-solving method to some of the common challenges presented by toileting, dressing, and mealtime activities in long-term care facilities. The reward for this approach is an enhanced quality of life for residents and staff alike.

Enhancing self and sense of home DVD or book
by Margaret P. Calkins and Eileen Lipstreuer
What makes a place feel like home? How necessary is this feeling to the smooth operation of a facility for people who are experiencing dementia? Viewers will learn the ways in which personal needs are fulfilled within homelike settings and how a facility can improve resident functioning by making simple adaptations in the physical and caregiving environments. Through individual resident profiles, this DVD illustrates facility staff using a step-by-step process to identify problem areas, recognize underlying needs that aren’t being met, and then create more supportive, homelike solutions that: recognize a resident’s former roles, relationships, and routines; support the resident’s memory of him- or herself; give the resident a greater sense of control or privacy. Discover how the environment can contribute to an enhanced sense of well being for residents — even those with advanced dementia — as well as for staff.

Minimizing disruptive behaviours DVD or book
by Margaret P. Calkins and Eileen Lipstreuer
Professional caregiving staff deal regularly with disruptive behaviours in residents with dementia but often do not have adequate tools to decipher the underlying causes of these behaviors. Through this DVD, viewers learn to evaluate all aspects of the caregiving environment before working on individualized solutions. Does a behaviour result from normal changes of aging or the disease process? Is it caused by distressing environmental stimuli or by some critical unmet need? When and where does it occur? Does it only happen with certain people? When a resident’s whole environment is considered, some surprisingly simple solutions can emerge. This video profiles several residents who are exhibiting common problematic behaviors, including leaving the unit and rummaging. It takes viewers step by step through a problem-solving process that can effectively reduce or even eliminate many kinds of disruptive behaviour.

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