Meeting the needs of older people living in Australian residential aged care: A new conceptual model

Joseph E. Ibrahim, Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Jo-Anne Rayner, Linda McAuliffe, Briony Jain, Michael Bauer

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Abstract

Objective: To report on the conceptualisation of a model for residential aged care in Australia. Methods: Three-stage approach involving initial model conceptualisation; extensive consultation with stakeholders to test and develop the model for feasibility and acceptability; and examination of whether the model addresses circumstances that arise in scenarios of organisational failure. Results: A model consisting of five domains relevant to the experience of older adults living in residential aged care—health care; social inclusion; rights; personal care and re-ablement; and dementia management. Conclusions: This proposed model of residential aged care takes as its purpose the provision of person-centred care to older people with complex health issues, requiring end-of-life care, and/or living with dementia. This includes supporting dignity of risk and quality of life and enabling older adults to thrive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • 80 and over
  • aged
  • homes for the aged
  • quality of life

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