NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: Workforce - Residential Care
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Title: Dementia Friendly America: Guides for Sector; Care


Description: Based on the work of ACT on Alzheimers, the DFA website has separate guides for different businesses and services within the community. They are a basic introduction to the types of things services can be mindful of implementing when working with someone living with dementia.

Source/Link: (DFA is based on ACT on ALZ)

Target Audience: Business and service owners, carers (for distribution to spaces they frequent often).

Appropriate Audience: All people could benefit from this information.

Notes: These guides are based on another organisations work.

Pricing: Nil. If the information is being used, contact with ACT on Alz is required before modification occurs.

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 25 Jan 2017, 3:36 PM

Title: Residential Aged Care Integration Programme – Waitemata DHB


The Residential Aged Care Integration Programme Resources

A collaborative workgroup (managers, clinical coordinators and senior nurses from Waitemata DHB and aged care facilities) has developed several resources for staff in residential aged care.

Registered Nurse Care Guides for residential aged care

These Care Guides provide a quick reference for 18 common conditions encountered when caring for older people in residential aged care. They are based on the best available evidence and published guidelines. They do not replace sound clinical judgement. The guides were produced by Waitemata DHB in collaboration with Residential Aged Care clinical and managerial staff. 

Care giver guides for residential aged care

These care giver guides were developed by the Residential Aged Care Integration Programme work group which included care givers, the Waitemata DHB Gerontology Nursing Service, and leaders and clinicians working in residential aged care. The care giver guides are to be used as a guide only. They do not replace Registered Nurse oversight and intervention.

Description: Designed and produced by Waitemata DHB clinical and managerial staff.  There are resources specifically designed for dementia and delirum, including a pamphlet and booklet for assisting with decision making.

Target Audience: Caregivers and Health care professionals (HCP) working is residential aged care.

Contact Person: Janet Parker, RN NP for Older People’s Health at Waitemata DHB. P: 09 839 0000 x 6176|M:021 932 744|F: 09 839 0514

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 26 Jan 2017, 1:46 PM

Title: Walking in Another’s Shoes



Description: Canterbury District Health Board’s Walking in Another’s Shoes programme was pioneered by English professor of psychogerontology Tom Kitwood. It is founded on the principle of putting the person with dementia at the centre of care. ‘The focus is on putting the person before the disease: valuing each person as a unique individual with specific needs and abilities that should be supported and respected. We aim to work around the person with dementia rather than have them adapt their world around our routines,’ Alan says.

Walking in Another’s Shoes offers workshops and full-day classes for aged residential care staff. Dementia Care educators also visit rest homes and hospitals to provide on-site staff training. Participants in the programme are educated on a wide range of dementia-related topics. The programme encourages staff to work together to find solutions to challenges.

Target Audience: Health care practitioners, Aged residential care staff, support workers



Canterbury District  Health Board’s Online Contact Form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 25 Jun 2017, 12:36 PM

Title: Mary Potter Hospice – Masterclass: Neurodegenerative Disorders & Palliative Care


Description: This workshop looks at a range of neurodegenerative disorders and how to work with people as they transition to palliative care. It is led by Dr Janet Turnbull, psychogeriatrician who works with Mary Potter Hospice and in general medicine.

The sessions will cover diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia; Cerebrovascular and Stroke; Huntington’s; Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease and has been designed for clinical health professionals working with palliative patients and family and whānau.

Appropriate Audience: Clinical health professionals working with palliative patients and their family/whānau.

Pricing: Please see website for course pricing.

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 29 Jun 2017, 9:59 AM

Title: The University of Auckland - POPLPRAC 767 - Dementia Care



A clinically focused course that explores dementia within three specific areas; the brain, the diseases, and the person.  It explores theoretical concepts and models of dementia care, and focuses on the partnership of individuals, carers and health professionals in the delivery of dementia care.

Appropriate Audience: Nurses, Trainee nurses


Anne Williamson -

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 24 Jul 2017, 5:23 PM

Title: Residential Aged Care Integration Programme



·         The Residential Aged Care Integration Programme is an innovative system to integrate care for older people living in aged care facilities and to support Residential Aged Care staff. 

·         The programme employs a team of Gerontology Nurse Specialists, Wound Care Nurse Specialists led by a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

·         The RACIP team works closely with aged care providers.

Gerontology Nurse Specialists provide:

·         outreach services to aged care facilities in the Waitemata DHB region
these include comprehensive gerontology assessments and care co-ordination across primary and secondary care

·         proactive education and clinical coaching for residential aged care staff at individual facilities

·         Gerontology Nurse Specialists, Wound Care Nurse Specialists with other specialty Waitemata DHB staff provide ongoing quarterly education sessions for residential aged care staff specifically targeting the needs of residents in aged care facilities

·         Wound Care Nurse Specialists provide wound care intervention for complex wounds and coaching aimed at preventing the complications of chronic wounds


Online contact form -

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 28 Jul 2017, 12:07 PM

Title: A Guide to Creating a Dementia Friendly Ward



Admission to hospital can be distressing for people with dementia, but appropriately designed surroundings can reduce this. This article explains how simple adaptations to the ward environment can improve the quality of care they receive.

Appropriate Audience: Nurses


Suzanne Gaunt -

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 28 Jul 2017, 4:08 PM

Title: Te Ara Whakapiri – Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of Life


Description: Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life outlines the essential components and considerations required to promote quality care at the end of life for all adults in New Zealand. It also provides examples of useful approaches and tools that will serve as aids for the development of national and/or local resources as part of implementation.

The guidance document is based on an extensive evaluation of the available literature and is informed by local research. This ensures it is applicable to the unique context that is Aotearoa New Zealand.

The document has been endorsed by key professional health organisations in New Zealand. It marks a major step towards ensuring that all health care services across the country are focused on delivering the very best care for people who are dying and for their family/whānau whatever the setting.


Online contact form -

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 04 Aug 2017, 12:37 PM

Title: Dementia Training Australia


Description: DTA is a service established to provide dementia-specific training to aged care, health care professionals, undergraduate trainees, and a range of other professionals and community service providers.

Our goal is to improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia.

We will achieve this goal through a range of services, events, and resources to ensure that up-to-date dementia knowledge and skills training are within reach of anyone who has a professional contact point with people who have dementia.



Online contact form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 20 Oct 2017, 12:37 PM

Title: Hammond Care – Better For Everyone – 02 Staff Resource



This booklet particularly concerns those residents living with dementia when they behave in ways which are upsetting or potentially harmful to you, themselves or others. These are known as behaviours of concern, or challenging behaviours.

This booklet is designed to help you, as a member of staff in an aged care facility, better understand and support your residents.

This booklet is part of a larger Toolkit which provides proven, practical ways to make life better for everyone in an aged care facility. The Toolkit gives ways to assess and change the built or physical environment of an aged care facility to make residents’ lives, and your working life easier.


Head Office, Australia

97-115 River Road
NSW, 2065

T: +61 2 8437 7355

Online Contact Form:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 29 Jan 2018, 2:33 PM