Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a practice with huge potential

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses how becoming competent in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help practitioners achieve significantly improved outcomes for those in dementia care.

The nurse practitioner older adult

Research based on the appointment of a nurse practitioner (NP) older adult in the Horowhenua has found that this role is vital to effective care delivery in residential aged care. MARLENE DITCHFIELD speaks to Sylvia Meijer, New Zealand’s first NP older adult and the NP at the heart of the project about the importance of this role in aged care.

Flexibility welcomed in InterRAI training

While there has been some controversy around the introduction of interRAI in New Zealand residential aged care facilities, St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie, Auckland, has discovered that a flexible approach to interRAI training has made all the difference.

Compression therapy

DR KENNETH WONG looks at the causes and treatment of chronic venous disease and discusses the benefits and risks.

Spotlight on… C difficile

Epidemics of Clostridium difficile have had devastating effects in the northern hemisphere, and now this “hospital superbug” has made its way to New Zealand, with new, highly virulent strains wreaking havoc in hospitals and aged care facilities.

Rejuvenate the body through exercise and diet

GARY SYME discusses how his exercise programme, ‘Born Again Bodies’, combined with a healthy diet, can help older people can stay fit and healthy.

Advancing in interRAI

The Government’s decision to accelerate the time frame for the roll-out of interRAI to all residential aged care facilities has met with mixed reactions. JUDE BARBACK looks at why there is such a strong drive for the clinical assessment tool and what it is hoped to achieve.

Best practice: infection control in the management of wounds

AMANDA PALMER discusses how to prevent and manage infection in wound care.

Putting falls prevention into practice

Falls prevention remains a key focus for researchers, but are changing funding policies impeding the right information reaching older people at risk of falling in their homes?

Spotlight on… drama therapy

Drama therapy is increasingly used to help people suffering from dementia. However, far from a fad, drama therapy has been around for a while.

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