October 14, 2015

More new books ...

Person centred thinking with older people : 6 essential practices
Person-centred practices are a key way to provide the best possible care and support for older people and help them to be active and valued members of the community.

Each of the practices is designed to support the individual and put what is important to and for the person at the forefront of their care.
Each practice has been tailored so that older people can express more easily what does and does not work for them. By actively listening and making each person feel appreciated, the practices represent practical tools for frontline practitioners to form good relationships with people in their care. With supporting stories and full colour photographs to illustrate how person-centred thinking and practice is used in real-life settings, there are many examples to help practitioners to overcome challenges and to really implement positive, effective changes to care. This practical book will be a valuable resource for care staff, social workers and healthcare workers who want to learn about person-centred practices to deliver best practice care and support.
* Introduction. 1. One-page profiles. 2. Relationship circles. 3. Communication. 4. Histories. 5. Wishing. 6. Working and not working. 7. Person-centred thinking and care and support planning. 8. Circles of support. Final Thoughts.

Living Better with Dementia: Good Practice and Innovation for the Future
What do national dementia strategies, constantly evolving policy and ongoing funding difficulties mean for people living well with dementia? Adopting a broad and inclusive approach, Rahman presents a thorough critical analysis of existing dementia policy, and tackles head-on current and controversial topics at the forefront of public and political debate, such as diagnosis in primary care, access to services for marginalised groups, stigma and discrimination, integrated care, personal health budgets, personalised medicine and the use of GPS tracking. Drawing on a wealth of diverse research, and including voices from all reaches of the globe, he identifies current policy challenges for living well with dementia, and highlights pockets of innovation and good practice to inform practical solutions for living better with dementia in the future. A unique and cohesive account of where dementia care practice and policy needs to head, and why, and how this can be achieved, this is crucial reading for dementia care professionals, service commissioners, public health officials and policy makers, as well as academics and students in these fields.

Finding flow : the psychology of engagement with everyday life
Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives. Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to the author, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Transform a routine task by taking a different approach. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. Thought they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-altering.

Protecting the vulnerable: identifying and responding to elder abuse.
Elder abuse is a largely hidden problem. As the proportion of elderly people requiring care increases, it is critical that we all understand the different forms elder abuse can take, and what must be done about it. This program provides an overview of elder abuse, including physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse and neglect. It also looks at strategies to protect vulnerable elderly people and appropriate responses by governments, peak bodies and the aged care industry to elder abuse. A vital, encompassing look at a difficult area.
Assistive technology: Assisting older people to stay at home
Technology is developing at a rapid rate. Thousands of products have been developed to assist with everyday tasks, such as the washing machine and the microwave. These products now feature regularly in our homes and have ceased to be considered as technology by most of us.

It is anticipated that with greater knowledge and understanding of the ageing process older Australians will want to take advantage of advances in care and technology to assist them to remain independent and engaged in society for longer.
What is assistive technology? ; What has old age got to do with technology   ;
How assistive technology can help?   ;
How might assistive technologies be useful for people living with dementia?   ;
How do I select the "right" product?  ; Ethical issues when considering using assistive technology   ; Product options   ; Assistive technologies to assist getting around   ;
Assistive technologies to assist staying engaged  ; Assistive technologies to assist safety and wellbeing   ; Assistive technologies to assist maintaining independence/assist with care needs   ; The way forward - So where do I go from here?   ;A self-assessment checklist for the use of assistive technology   ; Useful Resources and Links  

Duty of care Duty of Care is part of our lives. Everyday when we work or play we practise duty of care. This DVD is suitable for Community Service and health Care workers such as attendant carers, home care workers, Certificate IV nurses, as well as allied health professionals and volunteers.
We have a duty of care not to expose our clients, ourselves, our co-workers and the general public to the risk of being harmed.
Duty of Care is not something to be frightened of - it is a practice which makes life better for workers, co-workers, clients and employers.
This DVD explores typical dilemmas, such as challenging behaviour, medication and privacy, which workers might face with their clients and offers a simple and effective process to attempt to solve those dilemmas without impinging on the rights of individual clients.
Duty of Care is awareness and common sense - and our duty of care is to provide our clients with the best care possible.

These and other 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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