Terra Nova Films on Demand

Welcome to Terra Nova Films on Demand from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The programs included in this online service focus on issues of aging and long-term care service. You will find topics such as Dementia, Communication, Caregiving, Driving, and Aggression.

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Available Titles
- (15 min.) – This program is a dementia care training that puts the caregiver/viewer in the shoes of the person with Alzheimer’s. Using the life story of Eva, a female resident with dementia, this ‘trigger’ video allows the viewer to see and experience the world through her eyes–the way her past and present sometimes blend together to create a new ‘reality’ for her, the way sudden actions or sounds can startle or confuse, and the way she is attempting to communicate with her family and the world around her. Designed to enhance the quality of life for persons with dementia, this video will encourage caregivers to become more aware of their words and actions while providing care, empathize with the emotions and feelings the resident may be experiencing, and find ways to better understand and respond to the individual needs of each resident.
- (68 min.) - When aggressive behavior happens, does your staff know how to respond quickly and safely to contain the behavior in a way that prevents injury to both the resident and themselves? This video prepared by Carly Hellen, and Peter Sternberg, L.C.S.W., will teach your staff the preventive, non-physical interventions for minimizing violent episodes and, if necessary, the physical interventions to contain aggressive behaviors while preserving the dignity of the resident.
- (42 min.) - Through expert advice, and the personal stories of several persons who have found successful ways to adjust to the illness, the video shows that life can and does go on with macular degeneration. The video gives way to help persons with macular degeneration to use the remaining peripheral vision they have, and shows specific low vision aids and assistive devices that can make daily tasks easier. Using sample demonstrations, this informative video explains how the eye works, what macular degeneration does to vision, and what can be done to compensate for decreased vision. The video includes a simulated “house tour” showing how someone with macular degeneration can function more independently in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom settings.
- (56 min.) - This two-part program presents a compassionate, yet realistic portrait of the many issues faced by persons with dementia, (and their caregivers) when a decision has to be made about giving up driving. In Part one, the video shows the real stories of five persons with dementia, and the impact that no longer being safe to drive makes on the autonomy and self-esteem of the person with dementia, as well as, the effects on family relationships and life styles. The stories are four to eleven minutes long, and put a human face on how it feels to be told that you can no longer drive, and how it feels to be a caregiver in this emotionally-charged process. In Part two the video shows the related Issues including helpful insights from healthcare and driving safety professionals on how Alzheimer’s affects driving ability, how to initiate the conversation about driving cessation, transportation options, and what healthcare specialists can do to help facilitate the situation for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.
- (32 min.) - Applying the basic concepts of habilitation (which is simply care giving that embraces the remaining abilities of the person with dementia), the video shows how to create a suitable environment in which the person can lead a quality life through proactive adjustments. The practical information in this video will enhance the physical, psycho-social, and sensory world of the person with Alzheimer’s.Caregivers will learn how to communicate better with persons with Alzheimer’s, reduce emotional or aggressive-protective reactions by identifying and removing frustration triggers, engage the person in life-enriching activities that promote positive memories, and boost emotional stability and self-esteem. Ideal for nursing homes, assisted living, hospital, and home settings. A must see for all caregivers.
- (32 min.) This new culture-changing program demonstrates (though real interactions) how person-centered care and knowledge of the resident can reduce dementia-related episodes, such as, sundowning and aggressive-protective reactions when bathing, and wanting to leave. As it pinpoints the crucial role of the CNA as caregiver and friend, it also shows the importance of communicating directly, and creating a true “relationship” with persons with dementia. Caregivers will learn valuable tips to redirect and lessen anxieties for persons with dementia while preserving their personal autonomy and dignity. This program covers building and maintaining a relationship, dealing with difficult situations, communicating to show respect, accepting their reality, respecting the person’s preferences, and encouraging use of remaining abilities.
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