See what matters

See what matters

Talking Mats is a visual tool developed by speech and language therapists to help people with communication difficulties express their views about things that matter to them. Nicki Ewing and Joan Murphy explain how it works and why it’s a valuable resource for people with dementia. The right to express our views, be listened to… Continue Reading

Tailored to fit

Tailored to fit

Acknowledging government concerns about the effectiveness of training for improving the care of people with dementia, Richard Fleming describes an approach for those organisations that dare to imagine having staff and residents who understand what is going on, can manage their surroundings and find meaning in their activities. Many millions of dollars have been spent… Continue Reading

Residents happy to help themselves

Residents happy to help themselves

The introduction of ‘help-yourself’ finger food and a person-centred dining approach has proved a successful addition to daily life at three Scalabrini Village aged care facilities in Sydney and Griffith which support people with dementia. Rocco Andreacchio and Lauren Kingsbury explain how residents, care staff and families have benefited from the changes Scalabrini Village introduced… Continue Reading

Re-designing texture modified foods

Re-designing texture modified foods

John Boland explains how LHI Retirement Services in South Australia has improved the mealtime experience for residents with dysphagia by changing the way texture-modified food is presented It is often said we eat with our eyes; the very first experience in the meal and dining process is the aromas emanating from the kitchen, together with… Continue Reading

The joy and freedom of dance

The joy and freedom of dance

  Gwen Korebrits, Amy Gajjar and Sarah Palmer introduce Dancewise, a movement program suitable for people at all stages of dementia who are living in care homes The Dance Health Alliance is a not-forprofit organisation which delivers a movement program in Australia developed specifically for people with a wide range of physical and cognitive challenges,… Continue Reading

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