June 10, 2016

for healthcare professionals - by DBMAS

These 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

Activity guidelines for health professionals working with male clients with dementia

The purpose of this guideline is to improve the quality of life and well being of people with
dementia (PWD) and their carers. Activity programs in residential care facilities often reflect
a variety of feminine-based activities. It is important for care staff to identify the interests of
the male residents and to develop an activity program specifically developed to meet their
unique needs.
Types of activities
The men’s activities in this guideline are grouped according to different personal
components and can therefore be implemented in relation to the person’s individual needs:
• Physical activities and games
• Reminiscence and storytelling activities
• Community outings
• Work-like activities
includes -- INTEREST CHECKLIST and 66 suggested activities

Activity guidelines for health professionals working with Indigenous Australians with dementia in rural and remote Australia
Activities can be used as a therapeutic medium for Indigenous persons with dementia to enhance quality of life, develop physical, social and cognitive skills, stimulate the senses and provide meaningful tasks and interactions. In essence, activities should reflect cultural values, provide structure to living and meaning to individuals; meet human needs for self care, enjoyment, and participation in .
Activities for an indigenous person with dementia should meet their individual needs and maintain their abilities. Successful activities will:
  •  be appropriate to the age and culture of the person
  •  tap into all senses, sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste
  •  provide meaningful interaction and communication
  •  be individualised to the person
  •  include family and community members
  •  have physical, social and mental benefits
  •  balance safety and comfort with risk taking and autonomy
  •  reflect the person’s likes and dislikes
  •  be enjoyable
  •  be within the person’s physical and cognitive ability
  •  maximise success.
Indications for use of activities
Activities can be used to stimulate physical, cognitive, social and sensory functioning in a person with dementia. A person who is demonstrating decline in these skills will benefit from engagement in culturally appropriate activities. It can also be used to help manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). By engaging an indigenous person with dementia in activities, challenging behaviours can be reduced as well as enhance overall quality of life for the person, carers and wider community.

Behaviour management : a guide to good practice managing behavioural and psychological : managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
The aim of the 178 page guide is to provide evidence-based guidance for DBMAS clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons living with dementia, who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A comprehensive evidence and practice-based overview of BPSD management principles is provided with practical strategies and interventions for assisting care staff and family carers to manage behaviours in dementia.

Effective dressing in dementia careDressing and undressing can be a complex task for people with dementia. The multiple steps involved in dressing can present an overwhelming and confusing task, and the nature of dressing contributing to feelings of vulnerability and disorientation. Therefore, undressing can be a common trigger for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as resistiveness, vocalisation, agitation and aggressive behaviour.
This resource covers guidelines for effective dressing, guidelines for assessment, guidelines for management, the role of assistive clothing and references and further reading.

Animal assisted therapy : pet therapy : in dementia care

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY AND ANIMAL ASSISTED ACTIVITY: --   Definition:  --  Therapeutic goals for Animal Assisted Therapy or Activities --   Indications for the use of Animal Assisted Therapy...


Child representational therapy in dementia care
Contents: Clinical practice guidelines for the use of child representational therapy -- Definition -- therapeutic goals -- Indications for the use of this therapy – Individuals most likely to benefit from this form of therapy -- Guidelines for using child rep. therapy – Introducing the doll -- Interaction and use of Child rep therapy -- Evaluation / documentation -- Special notes and precautions -- Cleaning instructions -- stockists -- References and further reading

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