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Stevie the Robot and Sinead Grennan, CEO of Engaging Dementia will interview Dr Conor McGinn.
Family, ‘informal’ or unpaid carers are an increasingly visible section of our community. They have been recognised by successive governments as providing an essential service. If unpaid care were to cease, service systems would not cope, nor would the national budget. Rethinking carer services and supports is well overdue in Australia. Could supports could be reconfigured into more individualised and effective services?
This presentation will explore caring styles and propose that evidence-informed, individualised, proactive services not only support carers, but may benefit those whom they support and make good financial sense for the country.
Thinking back, Tully remembers signs much earlier than when she received her diagnosis, which was put down to stress or being over-worked. It began with the little things. But it was her changes in personality that were the most drastic. Being angry all the time and quick to start an argument or lose her temper.
Considerable debate has taken place about the form and function of “nursing” in dementia and aged care. This discussion usually comes with an assumption that nurse equals compassionate people who provide quality clinical care and are excellent managers. But do these skills and qualities go together and can we expect all aged care nurses to provide this? Is the word nurse being used to shorthand the care, compassion and knowledge we want in the support of older citizens and is less about the discipline of nursing? With the number of nurses decreasing internationally what is the future role of nursing in dementia care, where is nursing knowledge and skill most valuable. When does a person with dementia need the skills of a nurse and when do they need a person?
Wilco Achterberg, elderly care physician and professor of elderly care Medicine, Topaz Leiden and Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden the Netherlands
Session Moderator: Susan Kurrle
The standard now for personalised homelike care for people with dementia in residential care is small (8-12) group housing. However, most facilities still have old larger buildings, and it is not financially feasible for all of them to build new facilities within a few years. However, it is possible to redesign old style large scale buildings so that in fact small scale group care can be delivered. We will show a case from a Topaz nursing home in Leiden. Next to the design of the environment, we were not satisfied with the old-style education that our nurses received and that was too much based on providing ADL care. Based on video footage, we will talk you through our ideas.
Presenters: Martine Heruer, Lia de Jongh
Of course, mention of love in a professional context can also stimulate outrage in terms of the obvious risks and tensions that come with the language of love. As the paradigms of business continue to be applied to the Aged Care enterprise - now being described as a “market” an “industry,” a “sector,” with elderly people viewed as consumers whose choice should sit at the centre of the system, there will inevitably be a difficult tension between the need for safety, professionalism, clinical compliance and financial governance and the apparently, “soft,” “dangerous” and “risky” language of love.
There is a strange irony here in the sense that some argue that the consumer should be at the heart of the system, whilst at the same time avoiding the language of the heart. The idea that love and the enablement of love might be a key indicator for success within an organisation is not something that is easily assimilated into standard business models. And yet, while those of us within the age care sector teach about “professional boundaries” (important as such boundaries can be), the spaces where we encounter truly personalised, life changing care sometimes sit uneasily on the edge of these boundaries as they are lived out by those who offer care that is marked by the core practices of love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
Care without love may be “safe” and “efficient” but is it enough?