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Needing a real quality dementia care home
This DVD shares two family experiences on what to look for in a care home. It can be used as a learning tool by families or staff examining what ingredients make up real quality dementia care.
Benefits: Families watching this DVD will be guided on how to choose a dementia care home.
Directors, Managers, Trainers, Nurses and Care Staff will be able to identify what families are really seeking from a dementia care home.
This DVD features David Sheard interviewing two family members on their experiences in choosing a care home for their husband and mother. Di de Woolfson and Lesley Lawson share very eloquent and emotional accounts of why finding the right ‘home’ really matters.
Key Learning Messages
• Noticing the important things that make up a feeling of ‘home’ matters
• Engaging with your emotions and gut instincts counts when choosing a care home
• Examining the quality of life of people living and working together in a ‘home’ tells you a lot
• Delving beyond the visual aspects of a ‘home’ to see the real care is key
Most difficult decision: dementia and the move into residential aged care : Discussion paper 5
• improved quality and timeliness of information about moving to a RACF
• psychosocial support to negate the impact of emotional stress
• the adoption of a staged approach to ‘sharing the care’ through easier access to carer respite in a RACF
In addition, carers felt that other aspects which would improve the experience of moving and settling in to a new environment include:
• staff skilled in delivery of quality dementia care
• a higher staff to resident ratio
• provision of meaningful, inclusive activities which interest the person with dementia
• a warm and welcoming environment that is characterised as ‘home like’
• strong leadership and management skills to promote quality dementia care before, during and after the placement of the person with dementia into residential care.
Stages of senior care : your step-by-step guide to making the best decisions
Using their experience running a successful international company providing in-home, non-medical services for seniors, husband-and-wife founders of Home Instead Senior Care offer a helpful guide for families choosing among home care-giving and other assisted-living options for aging or ailing parents.
The Hogans believe in helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and knowledge is their most powerful tool in securing that goal; this well-researched volume is packed with information, advice and resources aimed at managing and ameliorating the sadness, confusion, guilt and anxiety of making quality-of-life decisions for a loved one.
Emphasizing the need for planning, the Hogans offer a list of signs that indicate it’s time to consider additional care, as well as a thorough exploration of the options, including pros and cons, questions to ask and other factors when choosing among home care, senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes. The Hogans also consider options for children who live far away from their parents, and advice on what to do when siblings find themselves in disagreement. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this salient volume compassionately addresses a full range of hard-to-discuss subjects, including funeral services and bereavement.