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Personalized music may help nursing home residents with dementia

17/05/2017

Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Now they can compare key outcomes in homes that implemented an individualized music program called MUSIC & MEMORY with similar homes that did not adopt the program.
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Photo: Man and woman in a wheelchair stand in front of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin together with their assistance dog; Copyright: visitBerlin, Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

May 2017: Active in everyday life and while traveling

02/05/2017

Whether culture or sports, whether at home or on vacation – there are more and more offers for people with different disabilities who want to live their life as actively as possible. What kind of opportunities blind and vision impaired travel fans have and what the website travelable.info is all about, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month May: Active in everyday life and while traveling.
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Photo: Several elderly people with differenz cultural background laugh with each other in a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Monkeybusiness Images

April 2017: Intercultural care

03/04/2017

Whether at home, in a nursing home or a hospice – people in need of care should always get the best care possible. Thereby, carers have to pay attention to individual factors like a different cultural background for example. REHACARE.com shows why this is so important by the example of some culturally sensitive projects in our Topic of the Month April: intercultural care.
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"Openness and curiosity, as well as acceptance and appreciation, are essential for intercultural support and care"

03/04/2017

About 1.4 million people in Germany live with dementia. Among them are also a growing number of people with migration background, including people from the Russian-speaking realm. It is important to address every person individually based on his/her cultural background – even in health care environments.
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"We want to provide dignified, intercultural hospice care for people who are seriously ill"

03/04/2017

Companionship – that’s the meaning of "Dong Ban Ja", an outpatient intercultural hospice service in Berlin. This project by the Humanist Association of Germany, Berlin-Brandenburg, is devoted to the care of critically and terminally ill persons. The key aspect here is the fact that patients are cared for by caregivers, who speak their language and understand their religious beliefs and culture.
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Photo: Elderly people with different cultural backgrounds in a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/diego cervo

Culturally sensitive and intercultural – How care is changing

03/04/2017

Cultural diversity is not just a buzzword but has long been a reality in Germany. Given its 80 million residents, it is a melting pot of people with different cultural backgrounds. But how well are care facilities and services actually prepared to handle these cultural differences?
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Photo: Several elderly people with differenz cultural background laugh with each other in a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Monkeybusiness Images

Intercultural care

03/04/2017

Whether at home, in a nursing home or a hospice – people in need of care should always get the best care possible. Thereby, carers have to pay attention to individual factors like a different cultural background for example. REHACARE.com shows why this is so important by the example of some culturally sensitive projects in our Topic of the Month April: intercultural care.
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Concept for caregiver workload relief: "Empathy is a fundamental part of being human"

15/09/2016

Caregivers encounter many different emotions in their jobs. Patients are in pain, have questions about their own mortality or they pass away. The empathy-based relief concept empCARE was founded to better handle these emotional experiences. With the help of training courses, caregivers are taught to learn how to prevent an empathic emotional overreaction.
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Advanced training in care

01/08/2016

Because of demographic change the care sector will be in need of junior employees. In order to get them more interested in this job, there will be a vocational training reform in care for Germany. But also experienced care staff has several possibilities for further qualification. Get to know more in our Topic of the Month August: Advanced training in care.
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Health care: Vocational training reform designed to inspire new talent

01/08/2016

Three for the price of one: in the future, training programs in pediatric, patient, and geriatric care are to be consolidated based on this principle. The so-called Pflegeberufsreformgesetz (English: Health Care Profession Reform Act) was already passed on January 13, 2016, by the German government. What does this reform mean for the future of health care services?
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Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Senior living: No need to go into a nursing home

01/02/2016

As we get older, there is a greater need for familiar surroundings that give us a feeling of security and safety. For many seniors, it is very important to live within their own four walls for as long as possible. Yet it is by no means a given that people can stay in their own home as they get old. Far too often, residences don’t meet their specific needs.
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Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"

28/09/2015

Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with REHACARE.de about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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"The number of older drug users in need of care will increase considerably"

01/09/2015

Right now, the care sector is not prepared for this fact yet: drug addicts are getting much older than previously believed. At the same time, many typically age-related restrictions start to appear far earlier with them. This poses new challenges in health care provision.
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Cross-cultural care – personal or professional?

01/09/2015

The range of services and information focusing on home-based and outpatient care is quite large. Yet oftentimes these services are not sufficiently targeted towards the sociocultural needs and expectations of people with an immigrant background. Now, the OPEN project that’s sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research wants to change this.
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Demographic change: More in-home care

01/09/2015

Demographic change is a reality: there are more and more older people in Germany, Europe and all over the world. This increases the percentage of people that need care. They are not only being cared for in professional care facilities but also gradually more often at home in private settings.
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September 2015: Variety of care

01/09/2015

Whether expert staff working in an ambulant or in-patient environment or relatives in one’s own four walls – care and the people working in this sector have many faces. Also more and more researchers and project groups are trying to meet all those sometimes very special requirements and to show the variety of care.
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Photo: Dr. Ralf Suhr

"The reasons that lead to violence in care are complex and complicated"

25/06/2015

Abuse in care has many different forms and is still a taboo subject. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day wants to shed a bright light on this issue. This year, the Center for Quality in Care, ZQP, introduced its new featured report titled "Preventing Violence in Care". REHACARE.com spoke with ZQP foundation president Dr. Ralf Suhr about seamless transitions and active prevention.
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