Tag: Psychosocial approaches
Pyjama-style uniforms for care home night staff have significantly reduced sleep deprivation, pacing and
disorientation among residents living with dementia.
The switch to scrubs covered in cartoon cats and love hearts was trialled at Simonsfield care home in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Staff are required to conduct regular checks on residents and both the day and night teams previously wore the same blue scrubs. Many of the home’s residents with dementia had trouble differentiating between the two and this could confuse them about sleeping times. Disorientation and pacing was a regular occurrence during night time hours, leading to sleep deprivation and associated lack of energy, irritability and mood swings.
Infection control guidelines mean staff cannot wear pyjamas, so home manager Debbie Smith came up with the idea of cartoon patterned scrubs for night staff.
“We thought we’d try out scrubs that mimic pyjamas for the night carers … Read More »
Ming Hung Hsu explains how music therapy can help care professionals respond better to the needs of people with dementia, reducing distressing symptoms and improving quality of care
Vol 25 No 5 Page 28
It is 20 years since John Killick published his first book of poems inspired by conversations with people with dementia. Recently, he has been looking back on these formative experiences and he shares some of the poems which have resulted
Vol 25 No 4 Page 26
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is calling for care home managers to complete a short survey which is now live at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZFF59TX
The survey (which should take less than 10 minutes to complete) aims to find out whether talking therapies are available in UK care homes; and where they are available how the mental health needs of care home residents are being identified. Dr Jo Pybis, senior research fellow at BACP explains:
“This survey is part of a wider piece of work in which we’re aiming to raise awareness of older people’s mental health, to promote conversations around older people and depression, and to increase understanding that dementia is not the only condition older people may experience in later life.
“We would really appreciate care home managers taking the time to complete the survey (which is completely confidential) and will … Read More »
Should we always tell people with dementia the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Graham Stokes and Antonis Kousoulis report on the findings of an inquiry set up to find some answers
Vol 25 No 2 Page 24
Mealtimes on acute dementia wards often take little account of the personal needs of patients. Mandy Gamble discusses an initiative to make mealtimes more enjoyable
Vol 23, No 5, Pages 28-31
Eve’s story demonstrates the particular difficulties and ethical predicament faced by the LGBT community and professionals caring for transgender people with dementia. Allison O’Kelly, Dr William Fullick and Dr Giles Richards discuss the tricky issues involved
Vol 23, No 3, Pages 22-24
Caring Times, April 2014
We have recently marked Dignity Action Day – a national awareness campaign on 1st February that aims to put dignity at the centre of all care, whether in hospitals, residential or nursing homes, sheltered housing or community.
Just a few years ago it would have come without herald and disappeared quickly without trace, but thanks to care providers all over the Midlands who wish to change the public image of the care business and address negative preconceptions, the event has snowballed into something impossible to mark in a single day.
Across the region teas, cakes, funny story readings, memory jogging, lectures, forums, tombolas, care, nursing and sheltered home open days, fairytale days, informal discussions with relatives and friends, coffee mornings, training events, food fun, tea dancing and drop-in sessions have been on the agenda.
The viral growth of this initiative … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2014
Thornbank care home in Ipswich, owned by Greensleeves Homes Trust, has been selected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a beacon of excellence in tackling health and mental wellbeing.
NICE is publishing new standards to help address loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. It filmed activities at Thornbank to show meaningful and uplifting activities that can be adopted to improve the quality and experience of care.
In a film to accompany the launch of the new standards, NICE shows residents at Thornbank hooking up with American friends in Washington DC. This activity has also been picked up by the media in the USA. Homes in New York and in Wales are also contacted in this way. Lyn Andrews, activities co-ordinator, Thornbank, said: “Skypeing is great as the residents talk with people they would … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2014
Care UK’s mental health director Dr Alison Rose-Quirie has voiced concerned about cuts to funding mental health services.
In mid-December the BBC published figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which showed that mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years.
“As demand, quite rightly, grows for high quality, publicly-funded mental health services, what amounts to a two per cent cut in mental health funding is bad news for patients, their families and society,” said Dr Rose-Quirie in response to the BBC’s revelation.
“These cutbacks are completely at odds with the way this government talks about how it wants to give the same importance to mental health services and recovery as it does to physical health. Patients and their families are already living with a … Read More »