Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Jul-Aug 2011 Contents DON'T JUST LISTEN, HEAR!
Clinical psychologist, dementia consultant and
educator, Bernie McCarthy, has written a new
book for carers and loved ones of people with
dementia, Hearing the Person with Dementia:
Person-centred approaches to communication
for families and caregivers.
Based on the principles of person-centred
care, this book emphasises the importance of
hearing and seeing the person with dementia
as a "feeling person", regardless of how far
the disease has progressed. McCarthy helps
to interpret the world of the person living with
dementia and explains, in plain language, why
dementia often causes behavioural changes.
Exercises at the end of each chapter
also encourage the carer to reflect on what
they have learnt and apply it to their own
circumstances. The book also includes
guidelines for creating the life story of
the person with dementia, as a means of
promoting good communication.
For more information, email scarlettc@
HELPING YOU TO
HammondCare's Dementia Centre has
added a new string to its bow, following
the recent launch of HammondPress --
its new publishing arm. HammondPress
will develop and make available a
wide range of educational resources
to assist health professionals, families
and friends caring for older people
living with dementia. Publications can
be purchased through an online shop,
offering free and charged materials.
A 'coming soon' section will also
showcase planned publications.
Director of the organisation's
Dementia Centre, Colm Cunningham,
says he also hopes the online
bookshop will become a publications
'hub' that encourages aged care staff to
achieve best practice. "Our international
partnerships with leading centres have
enabled us to provide an initial set of
publications containing a wealth of
knowledge," Cunningham says.
"One such partnership is with an
international leader in dementia, the
Dementia Services Development Centre
in the United Kingdom, which has
provided publications covering issues
as diverse as design of environments to
hospital care. Over the coming months,
commissioned works by a range of
Australian and internationally recognised
authors will also be published."
All of the resources will be available
in PDF format, suitable for iPhones,
iPads and other mobile technologies.
For more information, visit www.
dementiacentre.com.au or call The
Dementia Centre on 02 8788 3081.
WrappingUp.com is one of the first social
network sites designed to demystify the
process of settling end-of-life affairs. The
portal offers information on funeral planning,
legal wills, estate planning, electronic
passwords and grief counseling, as well as
advice on dealing with family members.
The site also provides a safe online
community where people "wrapping up" end-
of-life affairs can ask for help, share experiences
and gain honest service provider referrals. The
online community is made up of everyday people
whose circumstances are diverse. As well as
sharing experiences about end-of-life and estate
planning, community members discuss and
review the products and services they have used.
To visit the site, go to www.wrappingup.com
Pause for thought
On this regular page, Australian Ageing Agenda looks at
interesting ideas and views, newly released resources and
opportunities for sharing thoughts among peers.
VIRTUAL HELP ON OFFER
The Department of Health and Ageing has
developed a new Virtual Visiting Resource Kit
to help aged care facilities design and deliver
a virtual visiting program for their residents.
The kit includes a range of information,
including how to start up and market a virtual
visiting program in an aged care facility;
how to develop virtual visiting policies and
procedures; understanding the equipment
requirements; and how to engage families,
volunteers and aged care staff in the operation
of a virtual visiting program.
Aged care virtual visiting programs aim
to improve the quality of residents' lives by
increasing their contact with family and friends.
The online program will support providers to
support residents, who would otherwise be
Virtual visiting programs also provide
an important means of communication for
residents who have lost the ability to speak or
write, following a stroke or other illness.
For more information, visit the department's
website, www.health.gov.au, or email
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