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Playful care: what lies beyond the red nose

Playful care: what lies beyond the red nose

Michael Balfour, Kirsty Martin, Julie Dunn, Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke and Judy Wollin discuss their work with Playful Engagement, an award-winning arts and health program for people in the mid- to advanced stages of dementia. Playful Engagement is an award-winning Australian arts and health partnership that seeks to affirm and celebrate personal identity, boost confidence… Continue Reading

Recognising the needs underlying aggressive behaviour in people with dementia

Recognising the needs underlying aggressive behaviour in people with dementia

Louise Appleton writes about her experience as part of a team who developed a range of person-centred diagnostic tools to better support residents at Kensington Park Aged Care Home, a high-care facility in Perth. Kensington Park, operated by Hall & Prior, is a secure 48-bed residential aged care facility in Perth which specialises in dementia… Continue Reading

Sensory Towels

Sensory Towels

Jo Bozin explains how a simple award-winning aromatherapy program has improved the mealtime experience for residents and staff in one Melbourne residential facility While working mornings and early afternoons at Bupa Thomastown in February 2011, I noticed a lot of uneaten food returning to the kitchen after lunchtimes. Eating is an integral part of everyone’s… Continue Reading

Food for thought: Facilitating independence with finger foods

Food for thought: Facilitating independence with finger foods

  Dietician Denise Burbidge discusses finger foods as a flexible, dignified meal option for people with moderate to severe dementia Aged care workers and people caring for a loved one with dementia know that a nutritious, balanced diet is vital in maintaining body weight, hydration and general well-being. However, achieving a balanced diet for people with dementia… Continue Reading