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Geriatric Occupational Therapy


Geriatric Occupational Therapy



"I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU" - PROVIDING PERSON-CENTERED DEMENTIA CARE

By Jett Jousma

Learn how person-centered care can positiviely impact each day for persons with dementia...

This DVD shows how to make a hands-on shift to person-centered dementia care that engages the whole person and creates a support system based on each resident's needs and preferences.

From natural wake-ups to music therapy, the DVD looks at the benefits of involving residents in their care as much as possible, finding ways to help them to "continue" living life the way they prefer, and engaging them in personalized activities that boost self-esteem and interaction. It also empowers nursing assistants to act upon (and communicate to other team members) their first-hand knowledge of each resident to ensure a better understanding of their care needs.

DVD / 2013 / () / 28 minutes

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PERSON-CENTERED DEMENTIA CARE: STORIES AND EXAMPLES

"Who is this person - without dementia? If we can tap into who this person is, we can help their adjustment, and the process that they go through." - from the DVD

Through hands-on stories and examples, this chaptered DVD shows the positive impact of person-centered care. When caregivers meet persons with dementia "where they are" and find creative and engaging ways to connect with each individual, based on their needs and preferences, life is better for both residents and staff.

The DVD includes the case study of Elaine, a resident who, for extended periods of time, attempts to leave the facility and go home. By pinpointing the importance of knowing the resident, it shows how her "exit-seeking" behavior is addressed and managed in the context of who she is and what she needs at that particular time.

The DVD also shows how to make life richer for the residents who have dementia by

~ personalizing their dining experience
~ encouraging use of remaining abilities
~ engaging them in creative activities


DVD / 2013 / () / 29 minutes

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MORE THAN WORDS: A NEW CULTURE OF CARE AND COMMUNICATION WITH PERSONS WHO HAVE DEMENTIA

This culture-changing DVD demonstrates (though real interactions) how person-centered care and knowledge of the resident can reduce dementia-related episodes, such as, sundowning and aggressive-protective reactions when bathing, and wanting to leave.

As it pinpoints the crucial role of the CAN as caregiver and friend, it also shows the importance of communicating directly, and creating a true "relationship" with persons with dementia. Caregivers will learn valuable tips to redirect and lessen anxieties for persons with dementia while preserving their personal autonomy and dignity.

The DVD covers:
~ Building and maintaining a relationship
~ Dealing with difficult situations
~ Communicating to show respect
~ Accepting their reality
~ Respecting the person's preferences
~ Encouraging use of remaining abilities


DVD / 2011 / () / 25 minutes

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INTO THE OTHER LANE: DRIVING AND DEMENTIA

This two-part DVD presents a compassionate, yet realistic portrait of the many issues faced by persons with dementia, (and their caregivers) when a decision has to be made about giving up driving.

Part One
Stories shows the real stories of five persons with dementia, and the impact that no longer being safe to drive makes on the autonomy and self-esteem of the person with dementia, as well as, the effects on family relationships and life styles. The stories are four to eleven minutes long, and put a human face on how it feels to be told that you can no longer drive, and how it feels to be a caregiver in this emotionally-charged process.

Part Two
Related Issues includes helpful insights from healthcare and driving safety professionals on how Alzheimer's affects driving ability, how to initiate the conversation about driving cessation, transportation options, and what healthcare specialists can do to help facilitate the situation for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.


DVD / 2010 / () / 56 minutes

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ASPIRATION IN OLDER ADULTS WITH DYSPHAGIA

Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, can occur as a consequence of aging, or due to physical or cognitive changes. This DVD explains the 4 stages of swallowing, the warning signs of aspiration, and offers care techniques that can be used to reduce the risk of aspiration while hand feeding or tube feeding. The DVD also stresses the importance of good dental hygiene and denture care, body positioning when feeding, and how to select an appropriate risk-reduction intervention.

DVD / 2009 / () / 47 minutes

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ASSESSING NUTRITION IN OLDER ADULTS

Due to any number of physical, social, medical or environmental factors, older adults are often at risk for poor nutrition. Developed to assess nutritional status in older adults, the two-part Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA) is a valuable resource to identify older adults that are at risk for malnutrition. This DVD demonstrates the assessment process, as well as, how to measure arm and leg circumferences, and compute body mass index. The DVD also documents specific risk factors for older adults, and offers an accurate, age-appropriate assessment that care providers can use to develop an effective nutritional plan for the patient.

DVD / 2009 / () / 34 minutes

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BRIEF EVALUATION OF EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION: AN ESSENTIAL REFINEMENT IN THE ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

Understanding a patient's ability to safely and adequately care for himself/herself after discharge is critical in the ongoing safety and care management of older adults. This DVD covers the components of executive function: concept formation, flexibility, and self-monitoring, and discusses specific reasons to screen for executive dysfunction, which may not be readily detected in routine cognitive screening tests. Care providers will also find suggestions on how to secure the most accurate test results.

DVD / 2009 / () / 36 minutes

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FALL RISK ASSESSMENT (HENDRICH II)

Falling can pose a serious health risk to older adults in acute, home, and institutional environments¡KUsing the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, this DVD demonstrates how to assess patients for strength and mobility, extrinsic and intrinsic fall risk factors, and cognition. It also stresses the importance of assessing risk factors when conditions change, as well as, how to reduce fall risks by properly interpreting the assessment, and applying appropriate interventions.

DVD / 2009 / () / 34 minutes

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FIT IN 10: EXERCISE FOR ADULTS AND SENIOR ADULTS

This research-based exercise DVD is designed to encourage adults and senior adults to start and/or maintain a life-enhancing physical activity program. It provides a self-paced exercise workout that concentrates on 4 recommended areas:

~ Balance
~ Endurance
~ Strength
~ Stretching
Chaptered for easy access to any of the four sections, the DVD can be done in 10-minute sessions throughout the day, or as a full 30-minute workout.


DVD / 2009 / () / 40 minutes

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GERIATRIC DEPRESSION SCALE (GDS)

This training DVD demonstrates the importance of improving quality of life by assessing and treating depression in older adults. It provides potential ways to treat the depression, as well as, how to recognize the range of symptoms, and properly interpret the assessment (even when dealing with severely withdrawn or hesitant persons). The DVD also discusses how multidisciplinary staff can communicate and adapt these findings toward an effective Plan of Care.

DVD / 2009 / () / 28 minutes

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LAWTON INSTRUMENTAL ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING SCALE, THE

Used to assess independent living skills that are considered more complex than the six basic Activities of Daily Living, the Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL) gives care providers a reliable tool to objectively evaluate an older adult's ability to live and function independently and safely. The IADL measures skils in the following areas:

~ telephone use
~ shopping
~ food preparation
~ housekeeping
~ laundry
~ transportation
~ medication management
~ financial management


DVD / 2009 / () / 40 minutes

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CARING FOR BEDRIDDEN RESIDENTS

This DVD defines bedridden status, and looks at the role of the caregiver in maintaining comfort levels, and monitoring the resident's overall well-being. It gives tips on how to prevent residents from getting to a bedridden state, and identifies complications that can lead to bedridden status, such as skin breakdown, psychosocial changes, depression, anxiety, and dependence. It discusses contracture (the tightening of muscles in the hands, arms, or legs into a fixed position), and how to prevent it. It also discusses the use of equipment and devices, such as, the hospital bed, booties, splints, and foam wedges.

Caregivers will learn proactive ways to reduce further complications through routine turning, and repositioning, paying attendtion to body position, and managing incontinence.


DVD / 2007 / () / 45 minutes

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ELDER LOVING CARE - ORAL HYGIENE CAREGIVER TRAINING

This DVD will equip home, hospital, and long-term care staff with basic oral care skills to assess, assist with, and perform daily oral hygiene needs for older adults. The DVD demonstrates wet gauze cleansing, as well as, the proper techniques to clean teeth, dentures, the tongue, and inside cheeks. It identifies examples of good oral care, examples that need improved care, and specifies sign to watch for and report, such as, bleeding, ulcers, cracked lips or mouth, and redness. Caregivers will also learn how to assist those with special needs, such as, stroke survivors, persons with dementia, or unconscious/unresponsive patients.

Applying these necessary oral care basics can greatly improve overall health, and sense of well being for older adults.


DVD / 2007 / () / 15 minutes

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BON APPETIT! HOW TO CREATE MEANINGFUL MELATIMES IN LONG-TERM CARE

This DVD training program presents a comprehensive mealtime program that focuses on principles of resident autonomy and person centered care. Special attention is devoted to identifying the needs of people with dementia.

The program covers:
~ The effects of dementia of communications, behavior and eating.
~ Creating dining experiences with less distraction.
~ How to prepare and serve food in a way that enables the resident to eat as independently as possible.


DVD / / () / 40 minutes

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FEAR OF FALLING: A MATTER OF BALANCE

Older people often restrict their activities because they think it will reduce risk of falls. However, this restricted activity can lead to physical deconditioning that can actually increase fall risk. 'Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance' is a video and facilitator's manual combination that provides step-by-step strategies for helping others to

1. overcome the 'fear' of falling and
2. take active steps to reduce the 'risk' of falling.


DVD (With English and Spanish Subtitles) / / () / 17 minutes

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IN THE MOMENT

This program takes a look at how two different families deal with the stresses and changes involved in caring for a parent that has Alzheimer's. The Honel family decides to care for their father in their own home, and they deal with the profound emotional stresses that accompany that choice. The Hagwoods make use of adult day care and then finally face the need to place their mother in a nursing home. This program raises several issues central to the experience of caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease, and will generate amoung those who see it much therapeutic discussion.

DVD / / () / 25 minutes

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