Wellness and Reablement in the Context of Dementia Care
The preference of people with dementia is to remain living at home and to maintain normality for as long as possible. Yet, how well are people with dementia truly enabled to achieve their full potential? Has the role of allied health in providing restorative and rehabilitation services to people with dementia been fully realised? What guidance do the voices and experiences of people with dementia provide?
This presentation will explore such questions, bringing together the relevant policy context and available evidence-base, along with the perspectives of people living with dementia and their care partners. Clinical and research examples will be presented that demonstrate how a reablement philosophy can be applied to all people with dementia and the positive outcomes that can be achieved. This requires thinking about dementia as a form of disability, rather than in terms of loss and disease.
Effective communication will be emphasised as an essential component of a person-centred reablement approach. Communication strategies will be presented that can assist health professionals, as well as formal and informal carers, to work more effectively with people with dementia and maximise a person’s choice and control regarding how they achieve their goals.
- Understand how a wellness and reablement philosophy applies to dementia care
- Examine alternate ways of thinking about dementia and what people with dementia can be enabled to achieve
- Understand principles of strengths based assessment and goal setting approaches that incorporate a wellness, reablement and restorative approach
- Identify practical communication strategies to facilitate effective collaboration with people with dementia and to maximise autonomy
- Reflect on priorities for future action
About our Expert
Dr Jade Cartwright
Educating a future speech pathology workforce
Dr Jade Cartwright is a speech pathologist with over 15 years of experience working with people with dementia and their families. Jade is the National Advisor Aged Care for Speech Pathology Australia and Adjunct Lecturer at Curtin University.
Her doctoral studies explored the psychosocial impact of primary progressive aphasia and she has a number of research projects underway investigating interpersonal communication skills training for the conversation and care partners of people with dementia, care innovation strategies in residential aged care, and language based therapies for people with primary progressive aphasia and Alzheimer’s disease. Jade represents Speech Pathology Australia on the National Aged Care Alliance.
From a policy perspective, Jade is particularly interested in how wellness and reablement philosophies and consumer directed care models can be implemented in the context of dementia – maximising aperson’s participation, wellbeing, and choice and control across all stages of dementia.
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Event Date & Time: Tuesday 11th April 2017, 5pm for 5.30 to 6.30
Event Location: Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA
Registrations Open: 1st Mar 17 11:00 AM
Registrations Close: 11th Apr 17 3:30 PM
Places Available: 20
AAG Members: Free
Student/Concession Members: Free
Student/Concession Non-Members: $10 (Please enter the code "WAWELLNESS" to redeem your discount)
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