New book promotes round-the-clock aged care

Night-time care: A practice guide seeks to provide relevant, practical and accessible training where it matters most – with night care staff and their managers.

Night-time care: A practice guide

While there is an increasing focus on quality of aged care, many of the quality of care and quality of life issues after sunset are as different as ‘night from day’. Accordingly, this book aims to address the often misunderstood or ignored needs of providing care for people with dementia at night.

Written by two leading authorities on dementia and night-time care, Diana Kerr and Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, the new edition of the practice guide shines a light on a range of very different care needs.

A/Prof Cunningham, Director of HammondCare’s Dementia Centre, said: “Providing support and care for an older person or a person with dementia happens 24 hours a day, yet most strategies and advice are targeted for day time only.

“Night staff need to be given the right tools if they are going to provide informed, skilful, person-centred and holistic care that is thorough and consistently good. This guide is about providing night staff and managers with the knowledge and skills to achieve this.”

Diana Kerr is an Associate Consultant with the Dementia Centre with more than 30 years’ experience as a trainer, practitioner and educator in aged care.

“In the still of the night, time changes. The anchors and cues for the daytime are gone and the night-time ticks away slowly. This can be an unsettling time for all residents but for people with dementia this stillness and emptiness can be particularly frightening and disorientating,” Ms Kerr said.

Despite this, Ms Kerr said, care at night was often provided as if all residents were asleep and care needs were no different than might be present during the day.

Night-time care: A practice guide is designed to use alongside Diana Kerr and Heather Wilkinson’s Providing Good Care at Night for Older People.

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Purchase: Night-time care: A Practice Guide ($32.95)