A holistic approach to pain management rather than medication alone is the best way to minimise the impact pain has on aged care residents, writes Priyanka Rai.
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The federal government has announced the locations and funding round for 12 new specialist dementia care units and the allocation of a further two units to HammondCare.
Brightwater Care has been selected to operate and test a prototype service for the government’s national program to support people with severe responsive behaviours associated with dementia.
The national dementia advisory service is ramping up its engagement with doctors in a bid to reduce the use of psychotropic medications among aged care residents.
The Commonwealth Government is seeking feedback on the development of the proposed specialist care units to support people with very severe dementia-related behaviours.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has called for more specialised aged care beds for people with severe behavioural disorders, often associated with dementia.
One of the early adopters of a British approach to dementia care is reporting positive outcomes at its aged care facilities in Brisbane and Canberra, while the model’s founder seeks more Australian facilities to get on board.
Focusing on cohesion and support among staff is key to improving the wellbeing of aged care residents with depression and dementia-related behaviours, and those who care for them, according to new research.
Aggression and agitation top the triggers of the 381 people who have been referred to the new national advisory service for aged care residents experiencing severe dementia-related behaviours, a dementia conference has heard this week.
Doctors groups are calling on aged care and health professionals to adopt new recommendations aimed at reducing the amount of unnecessary drugs and treatments given to older Australians.
The Coalition has announced it will provide $7.5 million for the establishment of specialist care units to care for people living with dementia and very severe behaviours.
A residential aged care trial underway is testing an Australian-developed web, tablet and mobile tool that aims to help aged care professionals better respond to the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).
Despite myriad barriers, ongoing education is the best way to ensure aged care staff can adequately identify and treat pain in people living with dementia and improve their outcomes, according to an expert appearing in a new educational video launched today.
The head of the aged care provider appointed to run the Federal Government’s $54.5 million Severe Behaviour Response Teams says they will improve providers’ capacity to care for seniors with dementia more than the former dementia supplement ever did.