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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2014
IN TOUCH WINTER 2014 3 You will see that with this issue of In Touch comes a Readership Survey. We would love to hear your thoughts on In Touch and what we can do to ensure it is relevant, interesting and informative. I encourage you to take a moment to fll in the survey, either via the hard copy enclosed to send back in the reply-paid envelope, or online at: surveymonkey.com/s/In-Touch-Survey We value your thoughts and look forward to hearing what you have to say. I had the pleasure of meeting children's author Debra Tidball recently. Debra presented AlzNSW with a copy of her illustrated children's book When I See Grandma, inspired by her own children's visits to their grandma. We thank Debra for this fantastic resource and for her generosity in donating royalties to dementia research through the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund. Recently, AlzNSW has held a series of symposiums, the most recent of which was the Dementia Care in Hospital Symposium last month. We heard from some of the strongest researchers in the feld of dementia care in the hospital setting and were fortunate enough to have fagged some really practical suggestions for improving dementia care in our hospitals. There's already some great work being done in this area, but there are always things we can improve, as the forum highlighted. Congratulations goes to the Bega team on their outstanding and continued effort to support people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends in the Bega Valley, racking up 40 years of combined service between them. All members of the AlzNSW team do a tremendous job in working to support people living with dementia, but to be celebrating 40 years of combined service is an especially impressive effort. So to Barb Williams, Nola Hergenhan, Lizzie Simkus, June Madden and Samantha Joyce -- well done. As you read this, members of the AlzNSW team are working hard in preparation for Dementia Awareness Month, coming up in September. There will be a number of events for people to take part in, including four Memory Walk & Jog events across the state. We will have more details for you in the next edition but, in the meantime, keep in touch via our website fghtdementia.org.au, our Facebook page facebook.com/alznsw or our Twitter account @AlzheimersNSW The Hon. John Watkins, CEO, AlzNSW Over recent months I visited a number of residential aged care facilities with Ms Eesa Witt, one of my board colleagues at AlzNSW. In March I had the opportunity to visit one in West Ryde. We were struck by the high level of care and compassion evident, from the management team, nursing and care staff, to the cooks and cleaners. Despite being an older facility, the quality of innovative dementia care and empathy was frst rate. The visit was insightful and improved our understanding of issues relating to the provision of aged care. In recent months there has been considerable media attention on the issue of the use of physical and chemical restraints in residential care homes. The recent Alzheimer's Australia report, The use of restraint and psychotropic medications in people with dementia, looks at the current practices of physical and chemical restraint in aged care facilities. The paper looks at the prevalence of their use, consequences and the legal implications. It particularly highlights the importance of considering psychosocial approaches, including person-centred care and recreational therapies when restraint is being considered. The report, written by Associate Professor Carmelle Peisah (UNSW School of Psychiatry) and Dr Ellen Skladzien (National Policy Manager at A A), was developed with input from Nick O'Neill, Alzheimer's Australia NSW Board member, and former president of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal, who has expertise in the medico-legal issues of aged care; and Eesa Witt who is a Registered Nurse and Alzheimer's Australia NSW Board member who has extensive clinical experience in caring for people with dementia. Our role as a peak body is to advocate for all persons with dementia -- no matter where they reside. It is not our role to micro-manage how aged care providers run their business, but to ensure that we advocate for the highest standards of care for people with dementia. My recent visits to a number of care homes illustrated to me that there are many wonderful examples of quality care practices, and that we need to congratulate those providers who seek to deliver best practice person- centred care to their residents. Jerry Ellis AO, Chair AlzNSW STAY IN TOUCH CEO'S MESSAGE CHAIR'S MESSAGE CARE AND COMPASSION
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