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A Montessori Approach to Dementia Related, Non-Residential Respite Services: Preliminary results

Andrew will outline the design of the Southern Cross University Montessori research project, a study which aims to compare a Montessori-based approach to community respite care, with a ‘care as usual’ control. It will discuss the project and review some of the early findings and highlight some of the potential implications for people living in the community with dementia, their caregivers, and the staff who work with them.    

Home delivery of participatory art to support wellbeing in dementia carer and care recipient dyads – the Arts of Prescription

Aim: This paper describes the design, delivery and evaluation of a pilot participatory art program targeted towards dementia dyads. The program was delivered in participants’ homes by professional artists, and aimed to support the wellbeing of family carers through shared creative activities with the person with dementia for whom they care.

Iridis and the importance of new technologies in informing our approach to designing environments for healthy ageing

Research has proven that good design enables people with dementia, and age-related impairments, to enjoy a greater quality of life and remain independent for longer. Technology is increasingly being seen as a tool to help people living with dementia; Iridis is one technology supporting people to do just that. Iridis represents a revolution in the implementation of research based dementia design principles in homes, workplaces, care facilities and public buildings.

Caring for Carers in a WISER way

One of the great success stories of the WISER program has been the development of the Carer Program. Introducing the WISER approach was never going to succeed without the carers of people living with dementia being part of the program.

Omnicare developed a carer education program which is complemented by regular WISER groups and has exceeded our expectations in delivering outcomes for clients and carers alike.

This session will make you THINK of how the WISER Program may help you, your family and friends.

Dignity of Risk

Professor Joe Ibrahim, a Geriatrician and Public Health Professor from Monash University, advocates and cares for older people with a range of conditions including dementia. People living with dementia can have changes in their ability to function independently, requiring increased support and care from family, care professionals and the wider community.

Despite the best of intentions in attempting to protect individuals from harm we often make decisions that can adversely affect their quality of life - and perhaps we leave them worse off than before we intervened.

Responsive Behaviours…Whose problem is it?

Your investigations into behaviours should be responsive and responsible accepting that behind the behaviour there is a cause.

Dr Camp will look at relating causes to behaviours whether they are physical changes, the right level of engagement or physical and social environments.

Whatever the behaviour or cause we all need to ask, “Whose Problem Is It”? 

In this session you’ll learn about using new strategies in your practice to suit the individual and using their remaining abilities.

Creating a Dementia Friendly environment in a remote hospital

Katherine Hospital is a 40 bed rural hospital 300kms from Darwin in the Northern Territory and provides inpatient, outpatient specialist, obstetric and surgical and emergency health care services for the regional population of around 20,000 people. Like many other parts of Australia, there are emerging and increasing demands to provide inpatient care and services to people living with dementia, often in an Indigenous cross-cultural context, in a facility that was not built for this purpose and with no specifically trained staff.


Questions or Contact?

Contact Kara who’ll assist you with any enquiry:

Phone: 1300 336 488 

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