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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Hello again, now that you’ve completed Week 1 and explored the principles of partnership-centred care, who the partners-in-care are and what their perspectives are, and how this model benefits all partners involved in the care of older people, it’s time to start looking forward to what you’ll be learning in Week 2. One of the key objectives of the partnership model is to support the needs and preferences of older people in a more collaborative, collegial and reciprocal way. However, as Harry’s story illustrates, the moving to residential care can be a challenging time for older people, their family, friends and the healthcare team.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds In Week 2 you’ll explore the challenges of ageing and how partnership-centred care seeks to address these by incorporating the different perspectives of each partner-in-care. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to debate the issues, share your own experiences and create a care plan based on a toolkit of practical strategies that will allow you to apply a partners-in-care approach to the care of an older person. See you again soon.

What's on for next week?

One of the key features of the partnership-centred approach is understanding how all those involved in the care of an older person can better help support older people’s individual needs and preferences.

Building on the key ideas and principles that underpin partnership-centred care that you learnt about this week, next week’s focus will be on the practical application of this approach in terms of addressing challenges and creating a best-practice care plan.

What will I be learning?

Next week, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • explore how a partnership-centred approach supports the needs and preferences of older people
  • identify the key challenges of providing best-practice care for older people
  • discover how, by picking up where you left off with Harry’s story, partnership-centred care can address and resolve these issues
  • implement a range of practical strategies for delivering best-practice, evidence-based care for older people in real-world settings.

Your task

Watch this video to find out more from your Lead Educator, Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson, about what you’ll be covering in Week 2.

When you’re done, use the comments to share your key takeaways for the week and list at least one thing you may now approach differently when caring for an older person.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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