‘The Lodge’ Re-development was officially opened recently. Watch the highlights from the day. This event was beamed live to other Eldercare sites and most importantly into the Memory Support Unit of The Lodge so residents and staff could be part of the day.
Dr Kate Laver, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University is the lead co-ordinator of the Consumer Companion Guide.
“The objective of this project was to develop a companion guide for members of the public to complement the Clinical Practice Guidelines to ensure that the information in the Guidelines is more accessible to those who need it most, regardless of their varied levels of health literacy,” Dr Laver said.
The Consumer Companion Guide includes information about the Principles of Dignity of Care, including:
Zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
Listen and support people to express their needs
Respect people’s privacy
Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
Engage with family members and carers as care partners
Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation
Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said consumers played a key role in the development of the Consumer Companion Guide to ensure the document is relevant to the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.
“These guidelines are an example of the significant impact that can be achieved when consumers partner with clinicians and researchers,” Professor Graeme Samuel AC said.
Dr Jane Thompson who cared for her husband who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 was one of the five consumer representatives on the collaborative working group.
“There were no Australian clinical practice guidelines for dementia when I was caring for my husband, let alone versions summarising the information in an accessible form,” Dr Thompson said.
“I know I would have benefited enormously from having had access to such an up-to-date summary of the best available evidence.
“I welcome the availability of the Consumer Companion Guide and hope that it will improve the quality of care for those people currently living with dementia, their carers and families.”
The development of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Consumer Companion Guide were funded through the NHMRC Partnership Centre: Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People.
THE like-it-or-lump-it approach that sees children throwing dinner, bath and bedtime tantrums has long been used in aged care but is finally falling from favour.
Regimented schedules in aged care-homes are being replaced with progressive thinking that puts residents at the centre of the plan, says Alzheimer’s Australia SA acting chief executive officer Rajiv Chand.
“Aged care is now very much moving to person-centred care,” he says.
“Not everyone likes to get up at 7am, have a shower and have breakfast.
“It’s (about) getting used to that thinking that we’re all unique.
“You shouldn’t need to conform to the schedule. Why can’t the schedule work around you?”
Mr Chand says every resident used to get the same food and the same care at the same times but they were likely to be happier if they were treated as individuals, instead of as a group.
“Not everyone likes porridge or toast for breakfast,” he says.
“It’s about being very much in tune with a person’s likes or dislikes.
He says many of the changes to dementia care do not have to cost more.
As well as changing how staff relate to residents and how their schedules are managed, care providers are doing more to create a homelike atmosphere.
Mr Chand says there is “very much a positive trend” in aged care and people looking for a place for their parent living with dementia should do their homework.
“Do your research; go to a few aged-care homes,” he says.
“Maybe get there at lunch time and sit there for an hour or two. You’ll work out if this is the right place you want to put your mum or dad.”
‘Be the Change’ with this unique opportunity to explore leading approaches to supporting people living with dementia to live engaging and rewarding lives. The 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference is currently open for early online registration. Earlybird rates available until 18 July 2017. Visit the world’s most liveable city and see why Melbourne has retained that reputation for six years in a row. The inspiring conference program is taking shape with keynote speakers being confirmed including Christine Bryden and Alan Duffy.
Alzheimer’s Australia SA is excited to bring Memory Walk & Jog back to Colley Reserve on Sunday 26 March 2017!
Register for the 3km walk, 6km walk or the 10km run and help those impacted by dementia by raising funds before walking or running the race against dementia!
All funds raised increase our ability to provide vital support services, such as counselling and education to help people with dementia, family carers and health professional living in South Australia. These services reduce feelings of isolation and empower people living with dementia and those caring for them!
With your help, we can make sure that our support is always available to those who need it!
The first 100 people to register before 29 January 2017 will not only receive discounted registration, but a FREE Memory Walk & Jog event T-shirt too!