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What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

Any condition that involves memory loss and changes in personality can be complicated, for someone going through it, and family members. Both dementia and delirium involve symptoms of memory loss, behaviour that is out of the norm and communication difficulties yet there are significant difference between them. What do experts say about delirium? Dr Orser has been researching and conducting studies concerning delirium for many years. Based out of the University of Toronto, she is the co-director of research in the department of anesthesia at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and has been dedicating her life to figure out the nuances …
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What to do when residents become agitated?

Everybody has bad days. When it all seems to be going wrong and everything’s out of sync and frustration levels start to simmer very close to the surface. Most of us can empathise with feeling a little hot under the collar and that’s no different for the residents we look after. Many of us have experienced looking after a resident that has been feeling angry. These situations, while hopefully not common, do occur and they can be really challenging. Here are some ways that professionals, involved in health care, have approached managing agitated persons for the best outcomes. Look for …
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What is employee burnout and how can it be helped?

Burnout is a relatively new term. 50 years ago, psychologist, Dr. Christina Maslach was studying how people responded to emotions being brought to the surface. She found that among all the triggers, unhappiness at work seemed to bring out the most crying, yelling and rage. Now a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr Maslach has become a pioneer in burnout research and can help us understand what it may look like for us and what can be done about it. What is burnout? Deakin University psychologist Dr Michael Leiter explains burnout as a “reflection of fundamental …
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Helpful things to know if you’re thinking about going into aged care.

The demand for employees in aged care is at record heights. That need is only set to increase. While the statistics may point to a career in aged care being a no-brainer, the type of work involved in aged care means that it is helpful to take a closer look. From activities that may need you to be physically fit to managing a resident that has complex needs, aged care work is both challenging and rewarding. For work that involves intimate care of a person, physically and emotionally, it is helpful for all involved that the heart, head and skills …
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Night Duty and The Health of Aged Care Workers

It is often a concern, working nights and wondering what the effects on our bodies will be. From police officers, to nurses and aged care workers, many professions demand that personnel be alert, attentive and doing their jobs well during the night time shift. Many of us have asked ourselves, will working through the night and sleeping during the day have a lasting impact on my body and health? What are the effects of working the night shift? Should we be asking for longer periods of working night shifts to ‘get into the groove’ or should we chop and change? …
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Understanding the stress of moving a family member into aged care and how to cope.

Moving a loved one into residential aged care can be a challenging time for families. Coping with how your loved one is feeling and your own emotions can lead to significant stress and pressure. Many of us have an understanding that stress happens when we’re in difficult situations and that it affects how we do life. While some situations, like transitioning a loved one into aged care can’t be prevented, experts have been looking at stress and how to deal with it well. What Is Stress? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines stress as “a reaction to a …
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Talking About Residential Care And How To Do It Gently

Moving into an aged care facility for many residents can bring with it many mixed emotions of having to upheave the previous life and lifestyle to a new facility and home. For many families the mixed emotions can be felt by all involved. From guilt, relief and anguish all at once. From the elderly persons perspective  who is having to come to terms with their new environment and routine  or being a child who is seeking the best for their mum or dad, so many emotions can be ricocheting around as you all try to figure it out. It can …
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Craft Ideas to enjoy with residents: Button Lampshades

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what you and your loved one or resident’s can do on a rainy afternoon. A part from watching Humphrey Bogart in just about anything, it can easily seem that options are a bit thin on the ground. While many residents will  still want to get their minds and hands involved with activities, it can be challenging to find activities that suit their mobility needs. Here are a few ideas that can keep minds, hands and creative tastes entertained for afternoons on end. Lampshade Button Bonanza One of the trickiest times to navigate …
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Dealing With Diagnosis, Dementia And Grief As A Child Or Relative

This is a particularly difficult topic. For those of us that have dealt with loved ones being diagnosed with dementia and living through the gradual progress of the condition, sometimes the pain and frustration can be more than words can communicate. Most people, when they hear of the diagnosis of a loved one, go through strong emotions. From loss, grief and anger, you have a right to be going through them all. A person you love will be changing and that change is out of your control. Loving, caring and doing life with someone with a diagnosis of dementia is …
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Approaches To Helping Your Loved Transition From Home To RACFs

Adjusting to a new living space can be hard for everyone involved. For a senior loved one, leaving the house, routine and life they have been used to for decades can be incredibly stressful. Not only that but those of us, who have journeyed alongside our parents as they have slowly lost the ability to be as mobile as they once were, also go through a heart wrenching experience. You are not alone in having your heart squeezed as you see your parents trying to maintain their independence, wanting to prolong living in the homes that they have loved for …
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