April 20, 2017

new items for the healthcare professional - Late Stage Dementia

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



Advanced Care Skills in Late Stage Dementia

Whether you work in a skilled or hospice care setting, this program is a must-see for anyone who seeks to provide the most comfort, dignity and quality of life to the person living with dementia. 

This program offers step-by-step instructions and hands-on skills for a variety of late stage care needs, all based on Positive ApproachTM techniques to help care partners handle even the trickiest of care tasks and reduce their risk of injury.
Learn:
• How to calmly get a person out of bed while protecting your back
• How to safely transfer a person from bed to wheelchair
• How to best transfer a person from bed to wheelchair using a SARA lift
• How to bathe and dress a person in bed while protecting their dignity
• How to assist with eating and drinking using the most compassionate care techniques












The end-of-life namaste care program for people with dementia 


The innovative Namaste Care program helps facilities provide gentle end-of-life care, especially for residents with advanced dementia. 


Because of their profound losses, these individuals are often isolated with limited human contact during the final stages of their lives. 

This new program reveals simple and practical ways for direct care staff to provide holistic, person-centered care and maintain a human connection.

 Blending nursing care and meaningful activities, the program promotes peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults. Sensory-based practices, like placement in comfortable armchairs, soothing music, and gentle massage, emphasize comfort and pleasure. Personal information is used to individualize the experiences, making them as enjoyable as possible for participants. 

 Step-by-step advice for staffing, budgeting, and marketing a program is included. Detailed information for creating a Namaste Care room is provided, as well as alternative options for facilities with limited space. Plus, real-life vignettes illustrate the program in practice. 
 

Promoting high touch when nursing older people : a palliative care approach [DVD]
University of Western Sydney, School of Nursing and Midwifery 
Promoting high touch in nursing older people: A palliative care approach, is an outcome of the project Avoiding “high tech” through “high touch” in end-stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life. The DVD is based on material developed by Geriatric Consultant, and Developer of the Namaste Care Program, Adjunct Associate Professor Joyce Simard. 
This DVD features a series of short instructional films that outline an effective protocol for palliative care.  The approach offers hope and a renewed sense of spirit for people in the last stages of life. 



The death talker : what we need to know to help us talk about death

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been curious about death. Most of us have little time in our busy lives to think about the things that are important to us. Often, it’s not until we have a personal experience that we give any serious thought to our own life and our mortality. 

The Death Talker offers a common sense approach to the issues we should all be thinking about so we can live and die well. The personal stories and practical information provide a sensitive guide for exploring the ‘stuff that matters’ to each of us and to help us have meaningful conversations with the people we love. 
Molly Carlile AM has over twenty years’ experience as a specialist palliative care nurse, grief and bereavement counsellor and educator. More recently she has held senior executive roles in both palliative care and acute health, currently as Chief Executive Officer of a large metropolitan, community palliative care service.
(Molly Carlile AM)

 
 
 


 


The caregiver's path to compassionate decision making : making choices for those who can't
This book includes four adaptable tools that make decision making a simple, step-by-step process; guidelines to help you determine if your loved one or patient can make decisions, and guidance on who should make the decisions, and how to make better decisions. The author suggests questions to use in almost any medical or quality-of-life situation that will help you gather all of the information you need and offers techniques for improving communication between patients, families and caregivers.


listen to the CDs or read the book

“A few conclusions become clear when we understand this: that our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.”

 
― Atul Gawande,     Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 

   

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