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Talking about death, dying and hope with residents

The following article has been provided by Meaningful Ageing Australia. What language do you use when speaking with older people about death and dying? Personal carers, lifestyle, nursing, leadership and spiritual care staff have been talking about death, dying and hope in a series of regional seminars across Australia. The seminars have offered staff new perspectives on their work practices, with direct impacts on their relationships with older people in their care. Staff have come to recognise that people engage with dying and death differently, depending upon their unique life experiences. The seminars emphasise that engaging in a more meaningful way does not add new tasks to an already heavy workload, but instead add a layer of meaning to what staff are already doing from day to day. The training has emphasised a relationship focus, so that staff can cultivate significant connections, rather than just being ‘task oriented’. Staff have learned that it is important to have end of life conversations with older people and their family members early on, to give people a chance to prepare for their final weeks and days. To assist staff with communicating about death and dying, Meaningful Ageing Educator Jenika Graze (who also has a palliative care nursing background) has shared a range of active listening skills with participants, assuring them that they don’t need to have all the answers – residents just...

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Dementia care training tips for all aged care staff

The following article was written by Sharon Roth Maguire, Chief Clinical Quality Officer for BrightStar Care, an aged care and home care provider in the United States of America. It’s probably not a surprise to anyone reading this that communicating with individuals living with dementia is one of the more challenging things that your caregivers do during their work day. While some caregivers seem to be “dementia whisperers,” most express some degree of frustration when trying to understand what their residents living with dementia are trying to tell them or when they as caregivers are trying to explain something or engage the person living with dementia in a common daily task. The frustration is real and can end up contributing to unintended consequences like ignoring the resident or, in the worst case scenario, contributing to verbal or physical abuse of the resident. None of us want that for the resident or for the staff member, so what is the best approach to training caregivers how to communicate with residents living with dementia? It’s a combination of both art and science. The Science Sensory changes common in ageing can significantly impact communication in everyday life and even more so with dementia. Strategies to optimise sensory functions should be taught to all caregiving staff. Is lighting adequate so as not to cast shadows on the caregiver’s face making them look scary...

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Lifeview officially opens premium ‘hotel-style’ extension

Lifeview has officially opened its new 56-bed premium aged care extension to its Willow Wood home in outer Melbourne, with the assistance of Comedian and The Project panelist, Mr Tommy Little. The extension to the existing Cranbourne home offers premium hotel-style amenities, whilst maintaining the warmth of home. The architecturally designed $12-million extension features 56 new single rooms with en suites, a resident and family café with children’s play area and alfresco dining, an avant-garde hairdressing salon, tiered theatre/cinema, fully appointed gym featuring the latest HUR equipment, day spa, mini-golf green, man cave, and a sensory garden with an integrated...

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