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Partnership-centred care: key ideas and principles

This week you were introduced to the basic principles of partnership-centred care, discovered who the partners-in-care are and explored what benefits this approach offers to all those involved in the care of an older person.

We examined this approach from the perspective of Harry, an older person who recently made the transition from independent to assisted living and what this meant for him and his partners-in-care.

What did you learn about partnership-centred care?

Partnership-centred care is one of three elements in the Tri-focal Model of Care. The other two elements are evidence-based practice and creating a positive environment.

The key principle underpinning a partnership-centred approach is that the wellbeing and dignity of all partners involved in the care of an older person are enhanced when the values of collaboration, interdependence, collegiality and reciprocity are recognised.

What did you learn from Harry’s story?

Harry’s story showed us the sometimes difficult transition that an older person experiences when moving from independent to assisted living.

While each older person’s story is unique, Harry’s story illustrates how a partnership-centred approach seeks to include the perspectives of all partners-in-care and how this can contribute to more positive outcomes for all those involved.

Your task

In the comments section, 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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This article is from the free online course:

Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

Deakin University

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    Discover what some of the different perspectives of each partner-in-care within a partnership-centred approach might be.

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