While the average lifespan has increased, good health is not a guarantee in later life. Nurses are in a position to support older people to experience a better quality of life during these later years. This conference will provide you with up-to-date evidence related to the care of older adults. It includes:
The current hot topics in aged care
Dodging the dementia bullet
How innovative findings are changing the way we think
How to take a trauma-informed approach to understanding behavioural symptoms
Key updates on wound management, diabetes, medications safety, and much, much more…
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Aged Care Nursing - Improving Quality of Life Conference!
8:30 Registration for Day One
Welcome and Introduction
Assessing the Older Adult and Signs of Deterioration
An assessment of the older person can be tricky. However, undertaking an assessment is the ideal time to respond to the holistic health needs of an older adult. By using case studies, in this practical session, we will review a core clinical skill – assessment. It includes:
Physiological changes related to the ageing process
How to conduct an age-appropriate head-to-toe clinical assessment
Collecting other valuable information:
Commonly missed clues in the assessment of older people
Signs of clinical deterioration in the older adult
10:30 Morning Tea
Mental Health in Aged Care – Collaborative Support
While an older adult may not initially present with symptoms of depression, it may present as a consequence of their illness. This session will look at the significance of screening for depression and improving access to appropriate services. It includes:
Why may an older adult experience depression?
How do you screen for depression?
What services are available for older adults experiencing depression?
Sexual Health and Ageing
Sexuality is often not considered when providing care to older adults. Understanding older people's needs in relation to their sexuality and diversity is often influenced by society’s norms and healthcare workers’ perceptions of older people’s sexual needs and desires. This session will discuss how ageing can influence sexual health and wellbeing and why it is important to consider this when working with older people. It includes:
What is the relationship between ageing, sexuality, and sexual wellbeing?
How do you create an LGBTI-inclusive aged care service?
1:00 Lunch and Networking
A Constant Pressure – Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
Losing strength and the ability to move frequently is a common occurrence with ageing. As a result of minimal movement, pressure injuries often occur under sustained amounts of pressure. This session will look closely at the practical skills needed to assess the stages of pressure injuries and the appropriate dressings for improving skin integrity. We will focus on the following:
How do you prevent a pressure injury?
How do you assess the stage of a pressure injury?
What are the common dressings used for a pressure injury?
How do you choose an appropriate dressing for a pressure injury?
3:00 Afternoon Tea
Bringing Wounds to Light
Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management can help reduce the impact of chronic wounds, which is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at chronic wound management by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:
Latest wound management standards and recommendations
The role and functions of wound dressings
Strategies to optimise healing
Options for managing hard to heal wounds
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference
9:00 Commencement of Day Two
Neurological Injuries and Falls
This session looks at the type of head injury that is most common in older people who have sustained trauma from falls and other injuries. It includes:
Risk factors that can lead to syncope in the older adult
Reasons why an older person more likely to have an acute subdural haematoma than a younger person
Why elderly trauma patients with GCS less than 8 have extremely poor outcomes
How to assess a neurological deficit
How to assess an acutely confused person
Fractured Hips – NOF Injuries in Older Adults
Decreased bone density makes an older person at increased risk of hip fractures. Sometimes a person may not know they have sustained a fracture as, in some cases, it is possible to walk on a fractured hip. This session explains:
What makes NOF injuries the most common hip trauma?
How should an older adult with a suspected hip fracture be assessed?
What makes an older adult more susceptible to complications?
What are the correct indications for joint replacement surgery?
What are the recovery and long-term outlook in older adults?
11:00 Morning Tea
Involving Older Adults in Deprescribing
Enhancing an older adult’s involvement in decision-making about their medication administration can have increasingly positive effects on their overall wellbeing. This session will look at the involvement of older adults in deprescribing and the responsibilities that they are involved with. It includes:
How involved should an older adult be with medication decision-making?
What is deprescribing and why should it happen more often?
Why should older adults be involved with their medication?
How extensive should education be about medication?
12:45 Lunch and Networking
What’s New? Dementia Treatment Update
Dementia is a complex condition that is vastly common in the ageing population. So, how close are we to finding a cure? This session will look at treatment updates for this debilitating condition that turns a person’s life upside down. It includes:
Evidence-based updates on treatment
Current trials and studies
Applying a Palliative Approach to People with Dementia
This interactive session will critically analyse a number of key points in relation to dementia and palliative care, including:
How do you manage a terminal illness in a person with dementia?
What are the clinical nursing issues?
How do you assess comorbid symptoms in a person with dementia?
3:15 Afternoon Tea
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”, the family members and their needs. Topics include:
How can we encourage carers to take time for themselves
How can we reduce the pressure the carers feel?
What is resilience and what does it look like?
Taking the time to be grateful.
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations
Need for Program
The knowledge and skills required to care for older adults are numerous and rely on a range of evolving attributes. High quality, up-to-date education is needed on a regular basis in order to ensure best practice and improve quality of life in aged care.
Purpose of Program
This conference provides nurses and related health professionals with up-to-date, evidenced education to enable informed decision-making when caring for an older adult.
Your learning outcomes:
Be better able to care for a person who has challenging behaviours as a result of your updated understanding of cognitive decline
Apply comprehensive care to older adults who have a range of comorbidities
Formulate and document nursing care plans that are based on current evidence relating to the prevention of harm
Improve the overall mental health of residents by implementing a range of simple but effective activities