BPSD Management Workshops

Using Reminiscence with People with Dementia in Sub-Acute & Acute Care

Admission to hospital can be confusing and frightening for a person with dementia as they struggle to understand what is happening and where they are.  Reminiscence provides a practical and easy to use approach that enables family, carers and staff to engage more meaningfully with the person with dementia.  This manual, produced as part of a project funded by the Commonwealth's Department of Health 3rd Dementia Communities Program, provides practical information that staff and volunteers can use to adopt and implement reminiscence within everyday care of people with dementia who are hospitalised.  The manual may also be applied in other care settings.

Please click here to access the manual.

Interested in learning more about how reminiscence may be used to engage and enable people with dementia? Register your interest in participating in a reminiscing workshop in 2018 by contacting Alissa Westphal at alissaw@unimelb.edu.au

WEBINAR: Facilitating Living: Using Activities to Enable and Engage People with Dementia

Alissa Westphal, lecturer in Dementia care and researcher at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, discusses the major principles around using activities to engage people with Dementia.

This presentation was funded and recorded by the Dementia Training Study Centres, Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

WEBINAR: Supporting Families of People Living with Dementia

Alissa discusses the role of the occupational therapist in supporting families and people living with dementia in the Mental Health Practitioners webinar.

WORKSHOPS 2017: Using Activities to Enable and Care for People who Display Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

The majority of people with dementia experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) like aggression, agitation, psychosis, anxiety and depression. Tailoring activities to better meet the person’s needs, interests and abilities may assist in reducing some BPSD and increasing purposeful engagement.

This one-day workshop has been specifically designed to for professional carers working in acute, sub-acute, community and residential aged care settings.

For further information about the workshops including date and venue details, please contact Alissa Westphal at: alissaw@unimelb.edu.au or click here.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR 2017: Caring for People who Display Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia - A Series of One-Day Workshops for Occupational Therapists

The majority of people with dementia experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) during the course of their illness. These symptoms which include aggression, agitation, psychosis, anxiety and depression are often the most distressing part of the disease for the person experiencing them and for those providing care. Non-pharmacological interventions are recommended as the first line in treating these symptoms.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) have a unique theoretical foundation upon which effective practical interventions may be built. This series of one-day workshops aims to further develop skills that OTs can use in effectively managing BPSD in acute, sub acute, community and residential aged care settings.

Interactive learning methods, small group work, roles plays, case examples and practical exercises will be used throughout each workshop to explore and illustrate the workshop material discussed. Examples of interventions will be available during the workshops for OTs to interact with.

For further information about these workshops click here and to register your interest for attending these workshops for 2017 please contact Alissa Westphal at: alissaw@unimelb.edu.au