- : Melbourne VIC 3000
Personal Care Attendants (PCA), Assistants in Nursing (AIN), or similar level employees represent a large proportion of the current aged care workforce. The work they do is crucial to the care older adults receive and, therefore, requires comprehensive skills. Attending this conference will strengthen PCAs’ and AINs’ understanding of:
- How to engage appropriately with distressed relatives
- Why pressure injuries develop on some people and not on others, and what can be done to prevent them
- How to stop people from falling to the ground
- What to do if a person becomes suddenly more confused
- Mouth care – the easy way!
- Tips for coping with aggressive behaviours and much, much more...
This conference is an opportunity to gain valuable professional development. It does not constitute practical, hands-on training, nor does it replace a formal qualification. Any PCA/AIN who attends this event must hold a Certificate III in Aged Care.
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Great Work Gets Done in Teams!
Everyone knows that teamwork is a way to get things done efficiently. PCAs, AINs, ENs and RNs all work closely. This session will begin the conference with a fun look at:
- What does great teamwork look like?
- How can you help your colleagues?
- Why it’s ok to ask for help yourself!
Managing Delirium and Dementia Symptoms
Dementia and delirium are common conditions that occur in older adults in aged care facilities. Advanced delirium symptoms are often confused with dementia. This session will look at:
- What is the difference between dementia and delirium?
- Why might they be confused with symptoms of depression?
- How do you manage symptoms of delirium, dementia, and depression?
- What if a resident becomes suddenly confused?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Tips for Coping with Aggressive Behaviours
It can be very distressing if a resident experiences periods of agitation and even aggression as a result of their medical condition. Recognising aggressive behaviours and knowing the steps needed to de-escalate a possibly violent situation ensures you are able to keep yourself safe. This practical session will demonstrate:
- What does aggression look like?
- How do you stay safe and keep others safe?
- What can you do to de-escalate an aggressive situation?
- Who can you speak to if you’re exposed to danger?
What is Your Boundary of Practice?
PCAs and AINs work as members of the professional healthcare team. Maintaining professional conduct and adhering to standards of practice is required for all staff members. This session will discuss:
- What is a PCA’s boundary of practice?
- What constitutes supervision by an enrolled nurse?
- How do I provide care and work within my boundary of practice?
- What happens if I work outside of this?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
More than Just Turning – Preventing Pressure Injuries
Reduced mobility is a common occurrence with ageing. As an older adult loses strength and the ability to move frequently, pressure injuries form in areas that are under sustained amounts of pressure. This session explains:
- What is a pressure injury?
- Who is at risk of developing a pressure injury?
- How can you reduce the risk of a pressure injury in an immobile patient?
- How do you re-position a person to reduce accumulated pressure in a certain area?
- When do you need to report a pressure injury?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Getting the Basics Right! Incontinence and Skin
Many older adults often experience incontinence, which can impact the surrounding skin. Being able to care for an incontinent older adult appropriately also includes managing and preventing impact on the surrounding skin. This session will shine a light on:
- Why does incontinence affect a person’s surrounding skin?
- How can we prevent poor skin integrity as a result of incontinence?
- What products are used, why, and how?
- What complications can occur if appropriate care is not achieved?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Don’t Get Lost in Translation! – How to Communicate with Confidence
Communicating information about residents is essential to minimising the risk of harm from occurring, such as falls. This session will look at the main aspects of communication and common communication breakdowns to avoid. It includes:
- Why is it important to communicate clearly with colleagues?
- What information is most important and relevant?
- How can you communicate important information to other staff, i.e. aggressive behaviours of residents
- What are the consequences of poor communication?
Keeping a “Watchful Eye” on an Unbalanced Patient
Preventing falls for an older adult is not an impossible task. Understanding how to keep a “watchful eye” on an unbalanced person enables safety for both yourself and the resident. This session will look at:
- What are the main causes of falls for older people?
- How can you reduce the risk of a fall?
- How do you care for an individual that has had a fall?
- How do you report a fall?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Maintaining a Clean Environment – Everyone’s Business!
Maintaining high levels of cleanliness is not always easy. This session reviews a range of topics that are essential to the prevention of infections. This will clarify the vital aspects of infection control. It includes:
- Understanding the link between infection control, transmission of infection, and the importance of cleaning
- Clean hands, clean equipment, and clean environment – 3 key points for any infection control program
- Who cleans what? Medical versus environmental cleaning
- Difference between cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation and what chemical is used for what
- The best methods for cleaning (sprays versus pour and wipe)
- Your role in preventing infection transmission and your own health and safety (immunisations, exposure to chemicals and body fluids)
Mouth Care Made Easy!
Did you know that maintaining oral hygiene in an older adult is essential to preventing illness? Oral health is more closely linked to ill health than you think. This session will discuss why positive oral hygiene can prevent a raft of conditions. It includes:
- How do you promote and assist an older adult with their oral health?
- What are the signs of poor mouth care maintenance?
- How can you prevent poor oral health?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Communicating Carefully at End-of-Life
Caring for a dying patient can be a confronting situation. Ensuring the patient’s wishes are respected and care is empathetic is a priority in all aged care facilities. This session will help you to better understand:
- How do you communicate with a dying person?
- How can you engage appropriately with distressed relatives?
- Why is it important to respect a dying patient’s wishes?
- Who can you talk to when things become overwhelming?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Caring for a Person Who Has Had a Stroke
Caring for a person who has experienced a stroke can be challenging. This session will focus on communication, mobility, and eating and drinking following a stroke. It includes:
- How can you communicate with someone who has had a severe stroke?
- How can you ensure food and fluids are given safely?
- What do you need to do to mobilise someone safely?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Personal care attendants (PCAs), assistants in nursing (AINs), and other similar employees now represent the majority of the residential and community aged care workforce. As there are now few registered and enrolled nurses working in aged care, the vast scope of the work of PCAs and AINs is increasing. This demands a greater emphasis on ongoing training and education. There is a timely need to offer formal ongoing education to PCAs/AINs so as they are best placed to meet the comprehensive care needs of this vulnerable population and reduce harm.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to provide PCAs, AINs, and similar staff who work in residential aged care or community settings an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills relating to the comprehensive care of older adults.
Your learning outcomes:
Older adults who have chronic cognitive impairment will be provided care that reduces their likelihood of falling
A person who becomes acutely confused will be recognised because you will know how the symptoms of delirium differ from those of dementia
Pressure injuries in older at-risk adults will be decreased as a result of improved knowledge of the reasons why skin breaks down
You will be more confident and assertive when engaging in conversation with general practitioners, other staff, and relatives
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