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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

As our lifespans increase, more and more of us are faced with the question: how can we care for older people more effectively?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

Why join the course?

Deakin University has developed a partnership model of care that aims to build stronger and more beneficial relationships between older people and those who care for them. The aim of the partnership model is to ensure that healthcare services are more responsive to the needs and preferences of older people within a variety of care settings.

In this course, we’ll introduce you to the partnership model and provide you with some practical tools and strategies for creating your own care plan.

Discover how a partnership model of care benefits older people

We’ll start by introducing you to the partnership model by examining the purpose, significance of and rationale for more collaborative approaches to caring for older people. We’ll look at how the model works and what its benefits are for older people, their family and healthcare teams.

Create your own partnership-centred care plan

After exploring the principles of the partnership model, our Lead Educators will assist you to develop your own care plan to best meet the needs and preferences of older people.

Learn from the creators of the partnership model

The partnership model developed by Deakin University was established to create a positive environment for older people and offer care that is based on the best available evidence. Deakin University researchers and teaching staff produced this model in collaboration with aged care health professionals operating in real world settings. The model has been implemented in numerous public and private, metropolitan and rural aged care settings.

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What topics will you cover?

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

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.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe partnership-centred care.
  • Explain the benefits of a partnership-centred model of care for older people, their family and healthcare teams.
  • Explore how partnership-centred care strategies can be developed and applied to best support the needs and preferences of older people.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for older people and anyone involved in their care, including family members, friends, care workers and healthcare professionals. There are no special requirements for this course.

Who will you learn with?

Alison Hutchinson

Professor Alison Hutchinson is Chair in Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing Research at Monash Health and Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University.

Helen Forbes

Helen has extensive experience in teaching nursing students in a range of settings. Key interests include use of knowledge in practice to improve patient outcomes and teaching and learning practices.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

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Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

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