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Dementia Care Bundle

Dementia Care Bundle

My home my life - Bringing together the voice of people with dementia and carers with the best learnings from research and care experiences to provide insightful tips, strategies and real-life stories to support greater independence.

*Winner of the Australasian Journal on Ageing Book Award 2018*

Music remembers me - Connection and wellbeing in dementia brings to life the experience of people living with dementia and their interaction with music through an Australian-first project involving more than 700 aged care residents.

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Most people with dementia want to live in the familiar comfort of their own home and maintain engagement with their community and their world.

My home, my life: Practical ideas for people with dementia and carers brings together the voice of people with dementia and carers with the best learning from research and care experience to provide insightful tips, strategies and real-life stories to support greater independence. 

Whether it is through a better understanding of the impact of dementia and ageing, tips on good design at home, strategies for going out or approaches to communication and care, My home, my life will enable people with dementia, carers and their support networks to meet challenges with courage and creativity.

Some of these practical tips for people with dementia and their carers include:

  • Use your personal devices - simple alarms on your phone will be a helpful reminder about appointments or when to take medications.
  • Signage - using signage in your own home might feel strange at first, but it can be a tremendous help for someone living with dementia. Labels on cupboards or signs to the bathroom are some examples. 
  • Create outdoor space - if you have a yard, schedule time to go outside. Make the space dementia friendly with a seat with a back and arms visible from the doorway.
  • Have a bag packed - have a list of medications and dosages, clothes and items that might be comforting (like favourite foods or small items) packed and ready.

My home, my life was the winner of the Australasian Journal on Ageing Book Award for 2018.

Share your own practical tips and ideas with us.

If you are living with dementia, or are a carer, we want to hear your own tips and ideas that make a difference to the quality of your life. 

‘No one is pretending there are not challenges for people with dementia living at home. But neither should we lose sight of the fact that the person with dementia can be an active and engaged citizen with quality of life, full of rich experiences, tears and laughter and, of course, love and respect.’ - Agnes Houston MBE

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Music remembers me - Connection and wellbeing in dementia brings to life the experience of people living with dementia and their interaction with music through an Australian-first project involving more than 700 aged care residents.

While a diagnosis of dementia may be stressful and challenging, this book equips people living with dementia and those who support them with positive, meaningful ways of using music to enjoy experiences together-maximising feeling and connection.

Music remembers me includes moving stories from music engagement at HammondCare - one of Australia's leading health and aged care providers - along with practical advice and tips about introducing music into daily care. Author Kirsty Beilharz has woven together fascinating insights into music, our brains and dementia with practical advice on music engagement. This ground-breaking book is written with the general reader in mind and is certain to be a vital resource for supporting people living with dementia in Australia and around the world.

Watch highlights from the launch of Music remembers me

 

About the authors of My home my life

Agnes Houston MBE is a dementia activist who has always put others first. She was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 at the age of 57. She has campaigned for best practice and improving the lives of people with dementia (especially those experiencing sensory issues) in Scotland and received a lifetime achievement award from Alzheimer Scotland in 2013.

Colm Cunningham is the Director of HammondCare’s Dementia Centre and leads an Australian and international team of more than 200 staff involved in research, education and consultancy as well as the translation of this knowledge into accessible publications and tools to improve practice. Colm has more than 30 years’ experience in older age care.

Natalie Duggan is an aged care specialist with 25 years experience in senior leadership and education, including roles as Head of the Dementia Centre and Head of Hammond College. Natalie has a Master of International Dementia Studies and regularly presents at conferences and collaborates with leading experts in dementia care around the world.

 

About the author of Music Remembers me

Dr Kirsty Beilharz is Director of Music Engagement at HammondCare and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh UK, applying music research in the context of aged, restorative and palliative care, with a focus on music in dementia research.

She is former Professor of Music, Sound and Interaction Design at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia. Previously, she was Digital Media Program Director at the University of Sydney Design Lab from 2001-2008. Kirsty is an internationally recognised composer and interactive media artist.

Her ensemble, orchestral and electronic compositions have been performed around the world (by the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche Freiburg, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Montréal, at Bondi Sculpture by the Sea, Gaudeamus Music Festival, Hannover Biennale, and Paris Rostrum).

She has won numerous prizes and awards and was a Young Australian of the Year finalist. Based in Sydney, Kirsty has also worked and studied in the UK, France and Japan. She plays violin, viola, shakuhachi, Baroque recorder, and studies therapeutic harp.