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The benefits of partnership-centred care

A partnership approach to care offers a wide range of benefits for each partner-in-care.

These benefits include multiple practical outcomes from improved well-being to better compliance with legislative requirements.

Scroll down to find out more about what benefits this approach provides for Harry and each of his partners-in-care.

Outcomes for older people include:  
Decorative only • more positive health and wellbeing outcomes
• more access to information, which enables greater choice and involvement in decision-making
• better balance between rights, risks and choices
• greater independence
• increased satisfaction with care
• stronger and more trusting relationships with others
• a happier and more optimistic outlook.
Outcomes for friends and family members include:  
Decorative only • the continuation of quality relationships
• greater confidence that the older person is being well cared for in a safe environment
• helping to establish an appropriate care plan for the older person
• contributing towards positive outcomes for the older person
•the ability to advocate for the older person
• more open communication with the older person’s healthcare teams
• feeling more included and useful in the care of an older person.
Outcomes for staff include:  
Decorative only • building the skills and experience to better care for older people
• providing individualised care and support
• contributing to the health, safety and wellbeing of all partners-in-care
• greater opportunities to collaborate with others
• better quality outcomes, including feeling more valued and having clearer accountability
• improved morale and greater job satisfaction
• building a team approach that facilitates communication and respect between all partners.
Outcomes for managers include:  
Decorative only • ensuring safe, quality and sustainable care
• meeting organisational, compliance and legislative requirements
• improving organisational performance
• meeting budget and activity targets
• providing a safe and healthy working environment
• better service delivery, including education, training, equipment, policy implementation and reviews
• better resource management.

Your task

Based on the outcomes for each partner-in-care listed above, join the discussion to debate what you think the pros and cons of a partnership-centred approach to care might be.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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