In-Home Nursing Care Conference
- : Melbourne
Disability, community and home care services are rapidly expanding. Providing care outside of a hospital and in a community or a home enables people with long-term care needs to live as independently as possible. Education is essential to meeting the complex needs of these people and their carers. Attend this conference to gain the latest information on:
- NDIS update - where to go to get resources
- Medicines that should never be crushed
- Post-stroke care in the home
- Selecting appropriate dressings to prevent pressure injuries
- How to empower people with chronic depression
- Improving therapeutic environments in the home and much, much more….
Schedule Day One
8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Motivation, Self Care, and Low Mood – Caring for a Person with Chronic Depression
It is well known that the symptoms of depression can cause low moods, lack of motivation, and, in extreme cases, poor self-care. This session will look at ways to promote motivation in someone with depression to assist with self-care. It includes:
- What does chronic depression look like?
- How do you manage symptoms?
- How can you empower someone with chronic depression?
- What is their role in self-care?
- What does a self-care plan look like?
Caring for the Unpaid Carers
Caring for family members can be physically exhausting. The pressure builds if you are their primary carer, knowing that they rely on you and your management of their illness. This session looks at the unpaid carers and their needs. Topics include:
- How can we encourage carers to take time for themselves?
- How can we reduce the pressure that carers feel?
- What is resilience and what does it look like?
- How can we take the time to be grateful?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Practical Pearls – Caring for a Person with an Acquired Brain Injury
An acquired brain injury (ABI) can affect a range of normal bodily functions. This session will look at the damage that occurs to the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the implications that follow. Topics look at:
- What is the role of the ANS?
- How are the ANS and persistent urinary incontinence related?
- How can you prevent secondary complications?
- What are the psychological impacts of persistent urinary incontinence?
- What is a continence care plan?
Dr Jenny Gowan
To Crush or Not to Crush?
When a consumer is unable to take responsibility for their medication administration, carers and other health professionals are relied on to ensure safe administration. This session will look at crushing medication and focus on safety considerations. It includes:
- Does crushing medication alter the dosage?
- How does opening or chewing capsules impact effectiveness?
- Does the dose and frequency of the medication need to changes?
- Does therapeutic monitoring need to be altered?
- What are the therapeutic alternatives?
- Which medicines should never be crushed?
1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Home – A Therapeutic Environment
Care is influenced by our physical setting and environment. To ensure the person’s home environment has therapeutic properties that can support recovery and assist with symptom management, this session will look at:
- How does the home environment increase the risk of falls? e.g. clutter
- How can you assist in decreasing the risk of falls?
- What is a “sensory room” and how does it reduce symptoms?
- How does a therapeutic environment promote self-care, resilience, and recovery?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Falls Risk in the Community
Recognising when a person may be at risk of falling can lower the risk of secondary complications of a disability. This session will look at preventing falls in the community. It includes:
- How can you identify who is at risk of falling?
- What can you do to reduce the risk of a fall at night?
- What is the new evidence on falls?
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
NDIS Transition – Managing Anxiety and Providing Resources
People in your care may be feeling apprehensive as they are going through eligibility criteria for the NDIS. You may be asked many questions and be required to support individuals during this transition. As such, this session is designed to help provide knowledge to individuals making the transition by supporting them with resources and education. It includes:
- An NDIS update – current state of play
- Why is the NDIS transition causing anxiety?
- Where can people get resources?
- What are the implications of transitioning to the NDIS?
- What if someone isn’t eligible?
Post-Stroke Care in the Home
Caring for a person who has had a stroke can be difficult. Changes in communication, mobility, and food and liquid consumption mean that care needs to be closely monitored. This session will look at practical ways to care for a person who has had a stroke. It includes:
- Personal care – hygiene and ADLS
- Communication strategies
- Physical handling techniques
- Ongoing prevention of secondary complications
- Safe swallowing techniques and appropriate dietary modifications
11:00 MORNING TEA
A Big Blow – Spinal Cord Injury Care
Spinal cord injury results in a sudden and debilitating change to a person’s life. This session will look at the practical long-term care considerations for a person who has experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI). It includes:
- What are the types of SCI?
- How does care differ with each?
- What are the most common complications occurring with SCI?
- What are the signs and symptoms of dysreflexia, and how can we manage it?
Pressure Injuries, Immobility, and Wheelchairs
Working with predominantly immobile patients enforces a need to prevent pressure injuries. The prevalence, cost, and harm associated with pressure injuries and the ability to prevent them demands that we remain ever vigilant. This session will provide you with the relevant knowledge, as well as identify resources to assist you to continue to meet this key standard of care. Topics include:
- What strategies can be used to prevent pressure injury?
- How do you know it's a pressure injury? Assessment, including staging
- Managing pressure injuries – what are the appropriate interventions?
- Which preventative devices are used in a community setting?
- How can you select appropriate dressings?
1:30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Living with Chronic Pain in the Community
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can affect people in many different ways. Often the person will experience not only changes physically, but chronic pain that can also impact their psychological, emotional, and social health. This session will include:
- What is chronic pain?
- What challenges are there for people living with chronic pain in the community?
- How do others perceive chronic pain and how can this affect those with chronic pain?
- What is the impact of chronic pain on a person’s mental health, lifestyle, and behaviours?
- How is chronic pain managed in a community setting?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dying At Home
For many people dying at home is their last wish, it is our duty that we facilitate this. This final practical session will look at the considerations for someone wanting to live their final days at home. It includes:
- A brief recap on end-of-life care
- Practical considerations
- Supporting the family
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Individuals with long-term care needs can live independently in their own home when supported by a range of community, disability or home-based care services. Often these people have complex care needs. To ensure a high quality of life and minimal hospitalisations, it’s essential that education is provided to healthcare professionals such as nurses and other carers entering these home and community settings. This timely conference offers evidenced-based, holistic updates most pertinent to people with long-term or disability care needs living in the community.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is to provide knowledge to healthcare professionals and carers so as to improve outcomes for people living with long-term care needs in the community, home or disability settings.
Your learning outcomes:
Improve clinical knowledge of a range of common conditions prevalent in community care
Use information from patients about their care preferences in the development of a nursing care plan
Use therapeutic communication as a tool to assist with patient and professional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best-available nursing evidence, so that safe and quality care is provided
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Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. ... Read More
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