Taking the risk: strategies to support getting out and about

Taking the risk: strategies to support getting out and about

How do aged care organisations balance their duty of care with the needs of people with dementia to continue to explore, understand their environment and remain as independent as possible? Rae Blackledge explains the creative strategies used at Elizabeth Lodge, in Sydney’s Kings Cross, to ‘bring the outside in’ and also enable residents to leave… Continue Reading

Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality

Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality

WA’s Brightwater Care Group has designed and implemented a workplace innovation, incorporating well-being mapping, which has shown tangible benefits in terms of the job quality of care workers and the quality of care. Wendy Hudson and Sue Jarrad report Direct care workers form the majority of the aged care workforce and are critical to the… Continue Reading

Nurses can make a difference: caring for those living with dementia

Nurses can make a difference: caring for those living with dementia

By TEAGAN BEWICK Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Edith Cowan University, WA Dementia is not an ordinary component of normal ageing. Dementia is characterised by a progressive deterioration of cognitive ability, displaying no distinct symptoms during early development but requiring ongoing assessment as it advances (Hunter, 2016). It demands the provision of personalised treatment and is… Continue Reading

Don’t forget the teeth: how can the dental discipline improve the care and well-being of people with dementia?

Don’t forget the teeth: how can the dental discipline improve the care and well-being of people with dementia?

By DANICA ZHAN Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) University of Queensland Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that manifests as a decline in multiple areas of function, including memory, communication, and behavioural symptoms. Age is a major risk factor for dementia, and with the burgeoning aging population experiencing greater tooth retention, this corresponds to ever-growing… Continue Reading

ELERA Nursing Prize a token of heartfelt gratitude

ELERA Nursing Prize a token of heartfelt gratitude

The $300 ELERA Nursing Prize, won this year by Edith Cowan University student Teagan Bewick, is awarded in honour of the contribution of the nursing profession to the care and support of people living with dementia and their families and in memory of the prize donor’s parents, who both had dementia in late life and… Continue Reading

Using sensory stories with individuals with dementia

Using sensory stories with individuals with dementia

People with dementia are prone to sensory deprivation, but symptoms like irritability and confusion may be reduced by using multisensory life stories. Rebecca Leighton, Coralie Oddy and Joanna Grace describe two successful approaches to sensory life story work Download the Article: Click Here (PDF) A ‘sensory story’ is a concise narrative in which each section… Continue Reading

New resource helps hospitals focus on the person

Hospitals can be stressful and busy places, where someone with dementia may find communication especially challenging. Often a family carer is needed to help explain (and re-explain) issues to hospital staff, and assist them to understand the usual daily routines, needs, and preferences of the person with dementia. In consultation with consumers and an expert… Continue Reading

The DementiaKT Hub: translating research into practice

The DementiaKT Hub: translating research into practice

Belinda Goodenough and Tracy Higgins introduce The DementiaKT Hub – a new one-stop online destination for the latest research-based dementia resources involving DCRC expertise Seventeen years. This is the time lag calculated by a UK-based team as the average wait for a research discovery to impact upon health-related care and treatments (Morris et al 2011).… Continue Reading