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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Caring for an older person who requires assistance with health or care activities can be a challenging and daunting experience for family members, friends, and care staff and health professionals alike. However, by adopting a partnership model, you can create a positive environment that puts the wellbeing of older people at the centre of their care. A partnership approach achieves this by creating supportive relationships, by promoting collaboration between older people and all those involved in their care. Hello, I’m Professor Alison Hutchinson from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds Ageing is a fact of life that all of us face, whether we are an older person ourselves, a friend or family member of an older person, or involved in the care of an older person as a carer, staff member or healthcare professional. The big questions this course looks to address are, what challenges does ageing present? Who should be involved in making decisions about an older person’s care? How can we better support the needs and preferences of older people? How does a partnership-centred model benefit all those involved in the care of older people? And what practical strategies can you put in place to promote the wellbeing of older people?

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds In this course you’ll have the opportunity to address these questions by exploring ageing from the perspective of Harry, an older person, and his family, friends and the healthcare team. By following Harry on this journey as he enters into care relationships within an aged-care setting, you’ll encounter some of the challenges he and his partners-in-care face, examine the issues and different perspectives involved, and discover some of the practical benefits and strategies that a partnership model offers. Throughout the course you’ll be asked to reflect on your own situation and experiences, participate in discussions, and review and analyse relevant evidence-based materials. I also encourage you to regularly share your thoughts in the comments section each week and reflect on the observations of others.

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Hello and welcome to Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model.

Ageing and some of the challenges it represents can be a daunting experience for older people, their family, their friends and healthcare teams alike.

What you’ll be learning

The purpose of this course is to help you better understand and address these challenges by:

  • understanding ageing from the perspective of older people and those who care for them
  • approaching the care of older people within a collaborative and partnership-centred model
  • promoting the wellbeing of older people by supporting their needs and preferences
  • creating a more positive environment for all by implementing a range of practical strategies.

Your learning outcomes

By completing this course you should be able to:

  • describe partnership-centred care
  • explain the benefits of a partnership-centred model of care for older people, their family, friends and healthcare teams
  • develop and apply partnership-centred care strategies to best support the needs and preferences of older people.

For an overview of all course activities and steps, see the to do tab at the top of this page.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson, a leading, internationally renowned practice-based research and teaching academic specialising in aged care.

Alison is supported in this course by Associate Professor Helen Forbes, an experienced academic who specialises in teaching, learning and the quality of student experience at Deakin University.

Also on hand to answer your questions is Kerry Rigby, a registered nurse, educator and research fellow at Deakin University.

We also acknowledge the support of our funder, The Wicking Trust*.

If you haven’t already, view your team’s profiles and follow them to keep up with the latest course updates, feedback and discussions.

Your task

Watch the video to find out more about the key topics you’ll be looking at in Week 1.

In the comments, share why you’re taking this online course and what you hope to get out of it.

*The Wicking Trust did not develop nor is responsible for the content in this course.

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