June 28, 2017

new for healthcare professionals Confused, angry, anxious? : why working with older people in care really can be difficult, and what to do about it

Confused, angry, anxious? : why working with older people in care really can be difficult, and what to do about it

The authors of this useful and practical book explain how to understand the ways in which older people in care might behave, how to stay calm and kind, and how to solve the problems that arise. 

Working with older people in care can be challenging and frustrating, especially when they behave in ways that seem irrational, aggressive, or unreasonably repetitive, and nothing you can do seems to help. The authors of this useful and practical book explain how to understand the difficult and annoying ways in which older people in care can behave, (especially people with dementia), how to stay calm and kind, and how to solve the problems they can create. With many examples of everyday challenges and how to deal with them, this book has the potential to change your working life.

'I have admired the best dementia care practice in Denmark for many years. They use an inclusive approach that does not blame or stigmatise but that uses positive action to make a real difference. Within this book you will find an intensely practical approach focussing on some of the most challenging situations we face in everyday care. Highly recommended!'
- Professor Dawn Brooker, PhD CPsychol (clin) AFBPsS, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester the author of the following books 

Person-centred dementia care : making services better with the VIPS framework

What is person-centred dementia care, and how can it be used to improve care for people from diagnosis to end of life? How can we improve services in people's own homes, in care homes, in supported housing and in hospitals? This substantially updated second edition considers recent developments in person-centred care, presenting refreshed guidelines for practice.

Dawn Brooker and Isabelle Latham explain the evolution of the key principles of person-centred care that comprise the VIPS model. 

They describe how it has been applied in diverse service settings, and show how to put the model into practice. 

A new chapter dedicated to culture of care will help service managers to get to grips with this slippery concept, and includes important information on how to guard against neglectful practice. 

Case studies from the CHOICE programme, a research project on culture of care, demonstrate the key factors that are important for people living with advanced dementia and complex needs to live well.

Person-centred dementia care : making services better

The term person centred care has been widely used, misused and ill defined. It is used frequently in the aims and objectives for dementia care services and provision, although in practice what lies behind the rhetoric can be questionable. This book gives fresh definition to the important ideas behind and the implementation of person centred care for people with dementia. Dawn Brooker explains the four key elements of person centred care that comprise the VIPS model: Valuing people with dementia and those who care for them ; treating people as Individuals ; looking at the world from the Perspective of the person with dementia ; and a positive Social environment in which the person living with dementia can experience relative well being. With an emphasis on practical application, Person Centred Dementia Care provides care organisations with clear, accessible guidelines on how to put the VIPS model into operation for effective care that is 'fit for VIPs'. Part 2 of the book comprises the VIPS organisational reflection tool, which care providers can use to assess how well they think they are doing at providing person-centred care.

Learning to speak Alzheimer's

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

Learning to speak Alzheimer's : a groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease 
by Joanne Koenig Coste
Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer's, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer's also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease's progression help the patient talk about the illness face the issue of driving make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible adjust room design for the patient's comfort deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression.

Learning to speak Alzheimer's : an introduction to the habilitation approach to care [DVD] 
... introduces her pioneering form of care - habilitiation.
Applying the basic concept of habilitation  the video shows how to create a suitable environment in which the person can lead a quality life through proactive adjustments. The practical information in this video will enhance the physical, psycho-social, and sensory world of the person with Alzheimer's.

 Leadership and management skills for long-term care 
While the scope of long-term care settings has expanded from nursing homes and home care agencies to assisted living facilities and community-based health services, the training for nurses, managers and administrators, medical directors, and other professionals who work in these facilities is often fragmented. 
This book was developed to fill a widely-recognized gap in the management and leadership skills of RNs needed to improve the quality of long-term care. 
The book is based around learning modules in leadership and management competencies that were site-tested in three types of long-term care settings and revised based on the resulting feedback. Several of the nurse experts involved in the project contribute to this book.

The leadership modules cover team building, communication, power and negotiation, change theory and process, management direction and design, and management that moves from conflict to collaboration. Two additional modules cover cultural competence and principles of teaching and learning related to adult education in the long-term care environment. 
Together, these skills will enhance the nurse's ability to build and interact with the geriatric care team, resolve conflict, negotiate for solutions, develop collaboration, and teach and mentor nurses and nursing assistants.

Brainstorming solutions for dementia care [game]
This game provides friendly team competition in a fast-paced, interactive and collaborative environment. It’s designed for anyone who provides care for persons living with dementia. The game is perfect for building a team of care partners working in long-term care; assisted living; adult day centres; memory care homes and agencies on ageing.
Team members select cards from five categories: Fact, Challenge, Activity, Wild, and Crisis. Together players brainstorm solutions for person-centered care. It’s a great way for care partners to create innovative solutions! Brainstorming Solutions for Dementia Care was created by Drs. Kim and Gail Petersen, well-respected dementia educators. They use real-life examples to help caregivers develop a variety of strategies. Boxed game includes laminated 24-inch square board, instructions, 120 game cards, dice, timer, and butterfly pawns.

Developing excellent care for people living with dementia in care homes

 The award-winning PEARL (Positively Enriching and enhancing Residents' Lives) programme was developed to enable care homes to move from providing good fundamental care to excellent person-centred dementia care. Trialled extensively by one of the UK's largest care providers, it has been proven to dramatically increase the quality of life of people with dementia living in care homes, significantly reducing the use of antipsychotics and the incidence of stress-related behaviours.

This concise and accessible guide, written by the Director of Dementia Care at the care provider which trialled and developed PEARL, describes the key criteria of the programme, and provides best practice guidelines for dementia care practitioners wishing to use the approach in their own care home. With an emphasis on the practical, achievable elements of the programme, and drawing on many useful examples, the author and contributors provide guidelines on, amongst many things, getting the fundamentals of person-centred care right; enabling decision-making; reducing stress-related behaviours; psychosocial treatments; safeguarding; supporting staff; and involving relatives.

Your brain in sickness and in health : the experience of dementia and other brain disorders
If you want or need to better understand Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other brain disorders; if you are a professional involved in assessment and care; if you are a family or paid carer/caregiver; if you are simply interested and curious about the contribution our brains make to everyday life - then the information you seek is in your hands. 
This includes: the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and other disorders of brain function; behaviours and experiences associated with these disorders, including accounts of real people faced with these challenges; the way carers, family, friends and professionals perceive, understand and respond to people with dementia. 
Don’t be daunted by the book’s size. There are two parts: the first part provides chapters on many topics, including repetitive behaviour, memory problems, and problems with common sense. Then there are detailed endnotes (optional reading) which provide references and more detail on the issues raised in the body of the book.

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