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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eating Well for People with Dementia - a guide for carer's

Eating Well for People with Dementia: A guide for carer's is a pamphlet developed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.  At 24 pages, it's a comprehensive booklet that explains to caregiver's some of the ways dementia can impact food intake and the importance of nutrition to people with dementia.  It includes information on good nutrition, appropriate amounts of fluid and fibre intake, dealing with difficulties of eating, and advice on some common problems related to eating.

To download a copy of this free pamphlet, please visit

Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities

The Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities has been developed to help long-term care facilities support the expression of sexuality of residents, both with and without dementia.  There are many challenges long-term care staff must consider in regards to a residents sexual expression, including privacy (or lack thereof), staff attitudes and lack of staff education.  This assessment will inform facilities as to how they're doing when it comes to supporting sexual expression of residents.

The tool is divided into 7 sections: Facility Policies; Determining the Needs of the Older Person; Staff Education and Training; Information and Support for Older People; Information and Support for Families; The Physical Environment; Safety and Risk Management. Managers will go through the list and assess how well their facility is doing based on these indicators.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Info LTC Survey

Over the last ten years, Info LTC has grown from the Web Pick of the Week email to a blog and a Twitter feed.  We are currently undergoing an evaluation process, which involves a user survey to better understand how you use the information we post on Info LTC and if there are ways we can improve.
If you wish to participate in this evaluation process, please complete the survey by clicking on the link provided.  The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  The survey will close October 22nd, 2014.
Once the survey is completed you will have an opportunity to take part in a draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  The winner of the draw will be notified no later than October 24th.  Only one entry per person.
Please follow this link for more information on participation and to complete the survey

Monday, October 06, 2014

Eating: dos and don'ts for assisted eating: Good practice for quality dementia care.

From the Victorian Government (Australia) Department of Health, this brief document provides useful information for assisting residents with eating.

This checklist is part of the A-Z of strategies, checklists and tools. These contain practical ideas, checklists and educational tools for particular issues. With over 40 entries, A-Z lists everything from activities to promote living with meaning and purpose, to family involvement, gardens, lighting, pain relief, spirituality, staff development, wayfinding and windows.

Regular Health Monitoring for Older Adults: Clinical Evidence

From the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, this Rapid Response Report examines the clinical evidence regarding regular health monitoring of adults over the age of 65 to reduce the frequency of hospital visits or delay admission to long-term care.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


According to an international study, approximately 10% of all incoming hospital patients suffer some form of adverse event that may cause a longer hospital stay and in some cases, death.  The FRAILSafe Project has identified the most common and highest impact issues that can result in harm to frail older patients in the first few days of arrival in acute care.  These harms include: Confusion; Equipment Related; Reduced Mobility; Falls; Pressure Ulcers; Poor Advanced Care Planning and Adverse Drug Medication. 
Based on these harms, FRAILSafe has created a safety checklist that improves communication and team working, and intends to provide a ‘check and challenge’ list triggering an interaction between the senior physician and another member of staff.  The draft of the safety checklist is available on the website, in addition to information on its implementation and examples of other case studies.
To access the safety checklist and for more information on FRAILSafe, please visit

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dementia Adventure: Wood if we could - enabling groups to benefit from visiting woods

Wood if we could - enabling groups to benefit from visiting woodlands is a practical guide for to leading group adventures for people with dementia outdoors.  The guide, written by Dementia Adventure, and is aimed at those in leadership roles, responsible for activities of people with early to moderate dementia.

The guide covers:

  • Benefits of visiting the woods
  • Barriers and solutions to getting out into woodland
  • Things to think about before a visit
  • Exploring woodlands
  • Other useful resources

The guide can be downloaded from