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Why is this approach important?

Watch this video to learn about Deakin University's partnership approach to care from Associate Professor Helen Forbes.

Deakin University’s partnership-centred care approach has been developed to specifically address the needs and preferences of older people.

This approach was developed based on the recognition that providing appropriate and effective care for older people is a complex challenge that required new ways to apply best-practice principles, which maximise the wellbeing and independence of older people within a variety of care settings.

What are the features of this approach?

The key features of partnership-centred care include:

  • simple and easy-to-apply principles for each partner-in-care across the healthcare spectrum
  • a unique approach that gives all partners an equal voice to foster better communication between partners
  • practical steps that help ensure all partners are empowered and engaged from the very beginning of an older person’s care journey
  • a focus on the quality of care and partner interactions to help create a more positive experience for all partners
  • strategies to increases life satisfaction and assist older people to live fulfilling lives at whichever stage they are at.

Your task

Watch the video to learn more about partnership-centred care, how it works and what real-world benefits it provides.

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  • Do you agree with these? Why/why not?
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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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