Dementia care in the acute hospital setting: issues and strategies – Alzheimer’s Australia – 16 June 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014. Filed under: Acute Care, Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Dementia care in the acute hospital setting: issues and strategies – Alzheimer’s Australia – 16 June 2014

ISBN 978-1-921570-37-7

Extract from the executive summary

“Australia is facing a huge healthcare challenge with an ever increasing demand for appropriate acute care services for people with dementia. Yet, people with dementia still struggle to get the care they need in the acute care setting. People with dementia experience unacceptably worse clinical outcomes, longer lengths of stay as well as a higher likelihood for readmission compared to people without dementia at a high cost to the health care system.1

With good care, the costs of dementia care in hospital may be the same but the outcomes for people with dementia would be improved leading to a more efficient use of health care spending.

Alzheimer’s Australia held a Dementia Care in Hospitals Symposium in Sydney on the 29th of April 2014, where the most recent Australian research in dementia care in hospitals was presented and discussed by leading researchers and experts. This included latest findings on current dementia care as well as interventions and strategies to improve the quality of care. This report provides a summary of the issues and strategies that were discussed at this Symposium.”

 

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The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia – 26 March 2014

Posted on March 26, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia – 26 March 2014

“Up to 80% of people with dementia and nearly half of people in residential aged care facilities are receiving psychotropic medications that in some cases are inappropriately prescribed, a report released today by Alzheimer”s Australia has revealed.

The report, The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia, provides an evidence-based review of the prevalence of the use of restraint, and the potential negative consequences and legal issues surrounding the use of psychotropic medication and physical restraints in people with dementia.”
http://www.fightdementia.org.au/common/files/NAT/20140321_Publication_38_A4_print%20version_Web.pdf

Up to 80 per cent of dementia patients in aged care facilities restrained with psychotropic drugs: report – ABC News – 26 March 2014

“A new study produced by Alzheimer’s Australia suggests up to 80 per cent of dementia patients in aged care facilities are being treated with psychotropic drugs.

The report, to be released today, suggests only one in five dementia patients receive any benefit from taking such medication.

Alzheimer’s Australia says the use of drugs in nursing homes is excessive and it has called for reform of the sector.”

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Consumer Engagement in the Aged Care Reform Process. Report fro the Department of Health and Ageing – Alzheimer’s Australia – December 2011 released 9 April 2012

Posted on April 10, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Consumer Engagement in the Aged Care Reform Process. Report fro the Department of Health and Ageing – Alzheimer’s Australia – December 2011 released 9 April 2012

“Too many failures in dementia care.

Alzheimer’s Australia has welcomed the release today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, The Hon Mark Butler, of the Alzheimer’s Australia report, Consumer Engagement in the Aged Care Reform Process.

Alzheimer’s Australia thanked the Minister for taking part in a number of the sixteen consultations that were held around the country and the opportunity provided by these consultations to empower people with dementia and family carers to tell their stories.”

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Planning for End of Life for People with Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia – 4 April 2011

Posted on April 14, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Palliative Care | Tags: |

Planning for End of Life for People with Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia – 4 April 2011

Discussion paper for Alzheimer’s Australia by Professor Colleen Cartwright

“Planning for the end of life is critical yet often neglected. Research shows that people who have completed some form of advance care planning are more likely to receive end of life care more aligned to their wishes than those who have not, yet 49% of people have not completed any form of advance care planning.

Planning early for end of life is essential for people with dementia, yet most do not do it while they can still make their own decisions.” … continues

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Caring places: planning for aged care and dementia 2010-2050 – Access Economics – commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia – February 2011

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Caring places: planning for aged care and dementia 2010-2050 – Access Economics – commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia – February 2011

“Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned Access Economics to model different scenarios for the supply of aged care, to identify strategies to increase consumer choice and to promote service flexibility, and to identify funding options for a sustainable aged care system into the future.”

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Consumer Involvement in Dementia Research:Alzheimer’s Australia’s Consumer Dementia Research Network. A report for Alzheimer’s Australia Paper 22 September 2010

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Patient Participation | Tags: |

Consumer Involvement in Dementia Research:Alzheimer’s Australia’s Consumer Dementia Research Network.  A report for Alzheimer’s Australia  Paper 22 September 2010

ISBN 978-1-921570-08-7

“There is a great deal of research around the world into the prevention, cause, cure and care aspects of dementia but consumers, being people with dementia and their family or friend carers, sometimes feel that this work proceeds without meaningful partnerships between researchers, funders and themselves.

Consumers travel a part of life’s road that is unique. Both their positive and negative experiences impart skills and knowledge that can be harnessed and used to improve the quality of life for others travelling the same road. However, they often feel undervalued for their experiences, skills and knowledge and believe that research could be better targeted and of greater relevance to them if they were accepted as true participatory partners. Some even take the attitude “not about us, without us”.

Alzheimer’s Australia is endeavouring the bridge the gap between consumers who want to be involved, researchers and funders and has been joined by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the J.O and J.R. Wicking Trust and BUPA in funding the establishment of a National Quality Dementia Care Initiative.”

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