May 16, 2016

booklets for healthcare professionals who want to know more about Telehealthcare

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

Telecare and falls: using telehealthcare effectively in the support of people at risk of falling
This book explains how telehealthcare can enable a fast response to falls, offering reassurance as well as a practical response in an emergency. It also describes how telehealthcare – that is, equipment combined with assessment, monitoring and response services – can reduce the risk of falling as part of a comprehensive individualised falls prevention and management programme.

Additionally, it describes the role telehealthcare can play in providing support and reassurance to carers.

Telecare and physical disabilty using telcare effectively in the support of people with severe physical disabilities and long-term chronic conditions

This book explores how telecare can contribute to the support, protection, and quality of life of people with complex physical disabilities and some disabling long-term conditions. It also considers the importance of telecare in providing support and reassurance to carers.

Talking with your older patient : a clinician’s handbook
Good communication is an important part of the healing process. Effective doctor-patient communication has research-proven benefits: Patients are more likely to adhere to treatment and have better outcomes, they express greater satisfaction with their treatment, and they are less likely to file malpractice suits.

Learning—and using—effective communication techniques may help you build more satisfying relationships with older patients and become even more skilled at managing their care.
Special Communication Needs
With older patients, communication can involve special issues. For example:
◾ How can you effectively interact with patients facing multiple illnesses and/or hearing and vision impairments?
◾ What's the best way to approach sensitive topics, such as driving abilities or end of life?
◾ Are there best practices to help older patients experiencing confusion or memory loss?
With such questions in mind, the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, developed Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook.
What to Expect from this Resource
This resource is intended for use by a range of professionals who work directly with patients—physicians, physicians-in-training, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals. The aim is to introduce and/or reinforce communication skills essential in caring for older patients and working with their families.
This resource offers practical techniques and approaches that can help with diagnosis, promote treatment adherence, make more efficient use of clinicians' time, and increase patient and provider satisfaction.
What to Remember
Three points are important to remember:
◾ Stereotypes about aging and old age can lead patients and healthcare professionals alike to dismiss or minimize problems as an inevitable decline of aging. What we're learning from research is that aging alone does not cause illness nor does it automatically mean having to live with pain and discomfort.
◾ Many of this resource's suggestions may appear at first glance to be time-consuming; however, an initial investment of time can lead to long-term gains for clinicians. You may get to know your patient's life history over the course of several visits rather than trying to get it all in one session, for example.
◾ Older patients are not all the same. You may see frail 60-year-olds and relatively healthy 80-year-olds. Your patients probably are culturally diverse, with varying socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Some are quite active, while others may be sedentary. The techniques offered here encourage you to view all older people as individuals who have a wide range of healthcare needs and questions.

Delirium : caring for people with sudden acute decline in cognition
The book provides evidence-based and practical guidance in how to assess and treat delirium effectively, how to support the person and their family through this and how to prevent delirium from occurring.

Telehealthcare and mental health : using telehealthcare effectively in the support of people living with mental disorder
This practice guide explores the ways in which telehealthcare can contribute to the support, protection, and quality of life of people with a mental disorder. It also considers the importance of telehealthcare in providing support and reassurance to carers. It should be of particular interest and value to community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), mental health officers (MHOs), and staff such as occupational therapists in community mental health teams. As well as providing information about existing telehealthcare services (and the research that has been carried out into their effectiveness), it encourages readers to consider why telehealthcare equipment, including SMS messaging (texting), smart phones, the internet and social media are not used more widely to help people recovering from mental illness. Includes Telecare and dementia – using telecare effectively in the support of people with dementia Each book also contains case examples and a training programme designed to help trainers when designing both awareness-raising and skilldevelopment programmes. Programme directors responsible for basic and post-basic programmes for nurses, housing staff, social workers or occupational therapists should consider these as a sound basis for a module on telehealthcare. Examples of equipment are featured in each book. The aim is to support readers to make sound decisions by providing information on some of the wide range of telehealthcare products available – as well as on the ways in which mobile phones, social media, and computer software and hardware can be used. The books do not endorse any specific product or supplier, but provide examples of what is currently commercially available or emerging on to the market.

Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia
The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they had looked after at home after the person entered long-stay care. This booklet is aimed at carers who want to continue their involvement in the lives of the people they have cared for, even if they are no longer responsible for their day-to-day physical care needs.

Live well, die well : information for carers, families and friends of people with end stage dementia
The aim of this handbook is to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, through their lives living with dementia, to the end of life stage using a Palliative Care Approach.  The ultimate goal of palliative care is to relieve any emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and social suffering promoting quality of life until death.

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