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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crane Library Web Pick of the Week: Young Carers Program

The Young Carers Project in partnership with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), engaged in a joint research/knowledge translation project to:
  1. Identify the needs of young carers in our community
  2. Create resources that will help them meet their needs and manage in their roles
  3. Help community agencies understand how they can better support young carers
In 2015, The Young Carers Project launched three new research-based resources created by young carers and distributed to other young carers to help them better cope with their situations, including Support Matters - a By Us For Us guide, a short documentary film and website.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GPS Locator Devices for People with Dementia

From CADTH, an independent not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, this document provides evidence-based information on the technology, regulatory status, benefits, current developments and implementation issues associated with GPS locator devices.

Locator devices use GPS (global positioning system) that can help to promote safe walking by alerting caregivers when a person with dementia wanders outside of a designated area, and provide geographic coordinates of that person so they can be found more easily. However, locator devices are a form of surveillance and using them raises ethical and legal issues. People with dementia and their caregivers believe the potential benefits such as time and costs saved in search and rescue operations, and an increase in independence, autonomy and freedom may outweigh potential harms.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Music and Memory™ at Misericordia Health Centre

This document is intended to introduce interested long-term care workers and program managers to the role of music in dementia care, in particular individualized music and the Music and Memory™ program. It describes Music and Memory™ implementation at Misericordia Health Centre, the development of an Observational Checklist designed to capture resident responses to music and the research project we designed to test the Checklist. The document also includes:
  • A brief literature review on music and dementia
  • Resources and information on the Music and Memory™ program
  • Music and Memory™ implementation at MHC
  • Discussion of the issue of capacity to consent
  • An analysis of interviews to evaluate the Observational Checklist
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Helping you to assess cognition: A practical toolkit for clinicians

This document from the Alzheimer’s Society (England) is endorsed by NHS England, the Dementia Action Alliance, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.

It is a toolkit that offers practical advice for clinicians about a choice of cognitive tests which can be used to assess cognition in clinical settings. All of the suggested tests are available free of charge. You can find copies of each test in this toolkit, along with links to their source.

The toolkit is divided into four guidelines, providing advice for each clinical setting, including:
  • Cognitive assessment in primary care
  • Cognitive assessment in memory clinics
  • Cognitive assessment in acute care settings
  • Cognitive assessment in care homes
Assessment tools are recommended for each setting, based on expert panel advice, and feasibility.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Delirium, dementia and depression in older adults: assessment and care

This nursing Best Practice Guideline (BPG) from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario replaces the 2010 BPGs Screening for Delirium, Dementia and Depression in Older Adults and Caregiving Strategies for Older Adults with Delirium, Dementia and Depression.

The guideline focuses on:
  • Practice recommendations directed primarily toward nurses who provide direct clinical care to older adults across the spectrum of care
  • Education recommendations directed at those who are responsible for the education of health-care providers (the recommendations outline core content and training strategies required for entry-level health-care programs, ongoing education, and professional development)
  • Organization and policy recommendations directed at managers, administrators and policy-makers who are responsible for developing policy or securing the supports required within health-care organizations that enable the implementation of best practices.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team

This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations for interprofessional teams managing pressure injuries in adults. The recommendations are intended for use by frontline staff who provide care for individuals across all practice settings. There are also recommendations for educators who provide staff education on pressure injuries.

This guideline refers to “pressure ulcers” as “pressure injuries” as per terminology adopted by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Crane Library Web Pick of the Week: Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Try This Series

Found on ConsultGeri, the clinical website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, the Try This Series provides guidance and resources to geriatric nurses in four distinct assessment tool series: 1) General Assessment, 2) Specialty Practice, 3) Dementia, and 4) Quality improvement.

All of the tools described on the website are freely available for use. The How to Try This Series is comprised of articles and videos presenting case studies demonstrating the use of the Try This series. How to Try This articles and videos are listed under their respective Try This article.

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