August 26, 2017

Promoting family involvement in long-term care settings

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Stages of senior care : your step-by-step guide to making the best decisions
by Paul Hogan and Lori Hogan
The Hogans believe in helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and knowledge is their most powerful tool in securing that goal; this book  includes information, advice and resources aimed at managing and ameliorating the sadness, confusion, guilt and anxiety of making quality-of-life decisions for a loved one. Emphasizing the need for planning, the Hogans offer a list of signs that indicate it’s time to consider additional care, as well as a thorough exploration of the options, including pros and cons, questions to ask and other factors when choosing among home care, senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes. The Hogans also consider options for children who live far away from their parents, and advice on what to do when siblings find themselves in disagreement.

Promoting family involvement in long-term care settings : a guide to programs that work

This innovative new book offers strategies and programs designed to get families involved in formal care settings in constructive, cooperative ways that complement staff and support residents.  Nine intervention strategies are described in detail from inception to evaluation. Designed and implemented in nursing facilities across the United States , these model programs are replicable and will help facilities to: improve residents' quality of life; increase effective communication with families; personalize care; maintain connections between residents and families; reduce staff stress levels; boost overall facility morale.  Written by the programs' creators and facilitators, each chapter functions as a guide to implementation and includes relevant forms, guidelines, and protocols. Challenges of program implementation are discussed and practical recommendations for overcoming obstacles are provided.  Widely versatile, these nine programs can be successfully implemented in adult day services, assisted living facilities, and long-term residential care settings. Useful for direct care staff, supervisors, and administrators, this book is an invaluable resource for strengthening current relationships between staff, residents, and family members. It is also equally beneficial in facilitating residents? transitions to long-term care.

A common sense guide to aged care : choosing the right type of care for you or your loved one
This book is designed to help people make an informed and balanced decision on how to best care for their loved ones when they are ageing or dealing with dementia. It examines the benefits and drawbacks of the various care options available and compares them according to the needs of each individual. It also provides detailed practical advice on how to make a home a suitable and safe place to live. Through check-lists and questionnaires, this book answers some of the important questions that arise when assessing a person's need for care and ease some of the guilt that might be associated with making those decisions.

Developing Excellent Care for people living with Dementia
Author: Caroline Baker

This book is directed at all carers-nurses, managers, general staff and activity coordinators in aged care for dementia residents. The author is in the process of training all staff in Dementia care units in the UK in the 4 Seasons Health Care  their 250 special dementia units. They have developed the PEARL program (Positively Enriching and Enhancing Residents Lives). The main theory behind this program is the concept of person-centred care. The program has been very successful based on their current evaluations.

I felt challenged when reading this book as to whether do we pay lip service to the much touted concept of person-centred care?

I particularly like this very readable book because it explains in very understandable language what person-centred care really is and uses case histories and scenarios to demonstrate the difference between the older medical model of care and how person-centred care can really be successful despite concerns that person- centred care requires many more staff to achieve its goals. The whole concept is a change from a task orientated approach to general care to one that will provide pleasure to the resident and relieve the frustration that does occur from unmet needs.

One of the suggestions is the use of a life history about each resident that is readable and is a work in progress so the care person can know as much as possible about a resident – more than just the basic family and past life experiences. An a4 page of documentation written in un-clinical terms that tells you about their preferences, likes, dislikes and particular needs, may give an indication to character traits and behaviours that are negative indicating unmet needs and frustration. If all staff has a good understanding of each resident they can work together as a team providing the best outcome for that resident. One idea I would really adopt is having a short history (approved by the resident) indicating these preferences for any person working with or visiting that resident with a picture (maybe when younger) displayed on their bedroom entrance.

Every aspect of care is covered in chapters such as- Making the most of meal times, reducing distressed reactions and Reviewing the use of anti-psychotic medication.

Staff is encouraged to support each other and provide feedback on adapting this model and celebrating their success.

This book would be very useful to activity staff that has difficulty working with all care staff to provide excellent lifestyle outcomes for their dementia residents.

I commend it to all care staff, diversional therapists and activity coordinators and educators who need to see that aged care is not just for or to but integrated with the preferences and lifestyle needs of each resident living with dementia. In Australia as consumer- directed care where wellness and reablement is being encouraged in the aged care sector, this book has many common sense ideas to offer all care staff.

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