Experts were consulted with a view to developing a set of indicative guidelines for family and non-professional carers when assisting older persons either developing cognitive impairment or with dementia (or delirium). A list of potentially valuable skills (based on an analysis of the literature) was scrutinised by two international expert panels. Those items endorsed consensually as helpful were used as the basis of the guidelines explaining to family and non-professional carers what they should aim to be aware of, and do, in their caring roles.
Bond, KS. Jorm, AF. [and] Kitchener, BA. [et al] (2016). Development of guidelines for family and non-professional helpers on assisting an older person who is developing cognitive impairment or has dementia: a Delphi expert consensus study. BMC Geriatrics, July 7th 2016, Vol.16(1), pp.129. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
This relates to:
Mental Health First Aid Australia. Guidelines for helping the confused older person. Melbourne: Mental Health First Aid Australia; 2015.
“Each individual is unique and it is important to tailor your support to that person’s needs. These recommendations therefore, may not be appropriate for every older person who is confused. Also, the guidelines are designed to be suitable for providing assistance in developed English-speaking countries. They may not be suitable for other cultural groups or for countries with significantly different health systems”. (p.11)
Other Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines:
These guidelines are part of a suite of guidelines about how to best assist persons with mental health problems. The other guidelines can be downloaded from: