Case studiesMedication Management Consultancy (MMC)
Reducing the number of antipsychotic medications used to support people with responsive behaviours.
Baptistcare’s Dryandra aged care facility in Kellerberrin, a regional community in Western Australia, successfully completed the first DTA MMC in August 2018.
” It has been inspiring to observe the nursing and care staff grow in their capacity to be an integral part of the monitoring process of antipsychotic therapy “
– Kate Fulford, Pharmacist and DTA Medication Management Consultant
Dryandra Staff Members
Alana OKeefe with resident
Homestyle Aged Care Services
A project to provide more meaningful long-distance connection between residents
In Victoria, we worked with Homestyle Aged Care Services on Fellowships for four managers based at different sites. Each manager led a site-based project.
One of the fellows, Julie Gray, worked with her Lifestyle Manager Alana OKeefe to lead a project to provide more meaningful long-distance connection between residents living with dementia and their families. They trialled video chat and Skype calls in a 15-bed, dementia-specific unit.
” Residents were enthusiastic about sharing parts of their life stories that the calls had triggered, and this in turn helped staff learn more about the residents”
– Julie Gray, Fellow
Understanding the experience of a busy hospital from the perspective of a person living with dementia.
Kim Pointon, Nurse Unit Manager, said: “DTA conducted a training needs analysis for our sub-acute ward and education for staff was identified as a high priority.
” We were seeking training that would give staff an understanding of the physiological and clinical aspects of dementia, to assist them to see beyond behaviours and consider the underlying pathological processes of dementia. We also wanted training that would take participants on a journey and build empathy for the experience of living with dementia.”
– Kim Pointon, Nurse Unit Manager, Maryborough Hospital
Patient, Alice Ward