Night time care : a practice guide
This accompanying practice guide supports staff through implementing changes that will improve the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them at night.
Providing good care at night for older people : practical approaches for use in nursing and care homes
"Night staff have to provide the same level of person centred, individualised care as day staff. Their primary task is seen as the promotion of sleep. This can often mean that they feel compelled to get people back to bed as quickly as possible. Often, however, residents need, time, food, activity, and TLC as well as an opportunity to talk and discuss, particularly their fears and worries."
The experiences and needs of residents and patients in nursing and care homes are very different at night, and this is particularly true for those with dementia.
The authors look at all of the issues that are particularly pertinent in caring for older people at night, including nutrition and hydration, continence, challenging behaviour, medication, night time checking, pain management and end of life care. They also look at the impact that working at night has on care staff, and offer practical suggestions to help them to safeguard their own health. The final chapter provides a set of night time care guidelines for inspectors that can also be used by managers to evaluate night time practices in their homes.
This book is essential reading for night staff and their managers and employers, as well as inspectors of services, policy makers, and anyone else with an interest in the provision of care for older people.
- Delirium and delirium superimposed dementia
- Communication strategies
- Information gathering and bedside tests
- Approaches to pain assessment
- Activities for the acute care setting
- The environment – sensory, physical and social
- Care planning and interventions p. 13-18
books include :
Enriched care planning for people with dementia : a good practice guide for delivering person-centred care
by May Hazel, Paul Edwards and Dawn Brooker
The correlation between `disengagement' and illness in people with dementia living in long-term care settings is becoming more widely recognised, and developing and adapting front-line staff responses to the changing needs of individuals is a crucial factor in addressing this problem. This book presents a complete practical framework for whole person assessment, care planning and review of persons with dementia or signs of dementia (including those with learning disabilities) who are in need of, or already receiving, health and/or social support. The book provides photocopiable assessment forms, guidelines for carrying out the assessment, and suggestions for tailored interventions based on the profile that emerges from the assessment process. The authors also include a clear explanation of the five theoretical components of dementia that are considered in the assessment: health, biography, personality, neurological impairment and social psychology. This good practice guide will provide a step up to the challenge of providing person centred care as a minimum standard rather than just an ideal. Care workers in residential settings and social workers assessing clients for their support requirements will find this an essential resource.
‘What the hell happened to my brain? Living beyond dementia’ by Kate Swaffer
“Kate Swaffer is phenomenal. Diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia before the age of 50, she has been a leading advocate for dementia ever since, with a much-followed blog site https://kateswaffer.com/, addresses at numerous conferences and the best-selling book whose title heads this blog post.
She is a member of the World Dementia Council and co-founder and chair of Dementia Alliance International, the first global organisation exclusively for people with dementia. It is entirely fitting that she is the South Australian nominee for Australian of the Year 2017 and of course we hope she wins. Last year’s victor was Chief of the Army and in 2015 the winner was a campaigner against domestic violence.
The book makes interesting reading, with some biographical material, some very illuminating descriptions of the difficulties Kate has with memory, words and so on, and then a lot of material aimed to support people with dementia in their lives but also a call to action for people with dementia to be more involved.
Getting the most out of respite care: a guide for carers of people with dementia
If you are supporting someone with dementia, you are important. You are helping that person to continue living in the community with dignity and love. However, to keep doing this, you need to look after yourself and sometimes that means taking a break. Making the decision to use respite care is a hard one, but it is one that is shared by many carers like you. While there are many resources available to give you information about the care system, this resource is designed to help you in your decision-making about respite by providing you with information from the carer’s perspective. In here you will find stories about carers and their experiences of respite care, as well as advice and tips to help you make the most of your respite experience.
At the back we have included contact details for organisations and services that can help you with information about accessing respite care when you are ready to make the decision to use it.
The idea for this guide began after reviewing the results of a national survey of over 300 carers of people with dementia. In that survey, they were asked about their experiences and opinions of respite care. The responses to this survey provided information of great potential use to other carers – and so this guide was begun.
Support for carers a practical guide to services for families and friends of people with dementia
This guide has been developed as a helping hand for carers and the loved ones they care for. As a carer I found it quite difficult to find what services were available at the different stages of the dementia journey, so the guide is put together in a roadmap format. This will help carers to access the services when they are needed and to help with future planning. It has been made possible through the generous support of a carer and with the assistance of the Alzheimer’s Australia National
Consumer Advisory Committee. They join me in hoping that the information within these pages help smooth the journey for you and your loved ones
A good life to the end : taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death
Ken Hillman is a practising intensive care specialist who is a Professor of Intensive Care at the University of New South Wales. He trained at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and worked in London for 6 years before returning to Australia as Director of Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. Professor Hillman is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the introduction of the Medical Emergency Team which recognises and responds to seriously ill hospital patients early in their deterioration, which has been adopted in the majority of hospitals in the United Kingdom, United States of America and several European countries. He is working closely with the Clinical Excellence Commission on rolling out the Medical Emergency Team to every hospital in New South Wales. He is also passionate advocate of improving the management of the dying patient in acute hospitals.