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Tools for older people

Older people can provide unique perspectives and insights about the best way to support their needs and preferences within a care setting.

Some of the practical strategies older people can use to support their wellbeing and relationships include:

  • continue to make decisions for yourself as long as practicable
  • contribute your perspective to discussions involving decisions about your care
  • appoint a trusted friend or family member to represent you in case of an emergency
  • participate in planning and evaluating your care program
  • ask to be notified about meetings or discussions that affect you
  • attend and participate in meetings held by your care facility or healthcare provider that may impact you
  • maintain your existing friendships, hobbies and interests
  • attend community, family and social events
  • participate in other activities that will help you to meet new people
  • use technologies such as mobile phones, video calling and social media to keep in touch with family, friends and social interests, and ask for support if you need assistance with using these technologies.

Your task

What do you think about these strategies? Have you used them before? Can you think of any others that would benefit older people when adopting a partnership-centred approach?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

You may also want to download this poster to display or keep on-hand as a quick reference guide summarising benefits and practical strategies for older people when using a partnership-centred care approach.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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