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A caring journey

Watch this video presented by Professor Alison Hutchinson for a summary about some of the practical partnership-centred strategies you can apply.
Congratulations– You’ve just about completed your two-week introduction to caring for the older person using a partnership model of care. Just before we wrap up, I want to provide you with a summary of the key ideas and concepts that you’ve covered in this course. For example, throughout the course, you followed Harry on his journey as he transitioned from independent living to living in a residential aged-care setting. This posed some challenges for Harry and his family and friends and the healthcare team. By applying a partnership-centred approach to his care, it also created opportunities to include Harry and his partners-in-care in the development of practical strategies.
The strategies supported Harry’s needs, preferences and general wellbeing, and also promoted a positive environment and better outcomes for everyone involved in his care. Thank you for joining me on this course. The partnership-centred approach on which Harry’s story is based has been used by Deakin University to create a positive environment for older people and offer care that’s based on the best available evidence. This approach is one of the three elements of the Tri-focal Model of Care. The other elements are evidence-based practise and a positive environment. This model, and a comprehensive education programme underpinned by the Model, was developed by Deakin University researchers and teaching staff in collaboration with aged-care health professionals operating in real-world, aged-care settings.
The Tri-focal Model of Care has been implemented in public and private, metropolitan, and rural aged-care settings. If you’d like to learn more about aged care, partnership-centred care or Deakin University’s Tri-focal Model of Care, I encourage you to take a look at Deakin University’s education programme. Thank you for joining us.

A partnership-centred approach to care builds on other person-centred approaches by creating supportive relationships and promoting the wellbeing of all partners-in-care.

It promotes the collaboration of all people involved in care of older people and fosters working and living environments that recognise the benefits of collegiality, interdependence and reciprocity.

Throughout this course you followed the story of Harry as he made the transition from independent to assisted living.

Over the course of Harry’s journey you discovered what partnership-centred care is and who the partners-in-care are.

You also examined some of the challenges presented by ageing and the transition to aged care, as well as how to address these through the application of partnership-centred principles and practical strategies.

Your task

Watch this video for a more detailed summary of the key ideas and concepts that you covered in this course, and start thinking about any particular questions that you would like your educators to address in the second-last step of the course.

You may also want to use this opportunity to post or reply to any questions in the comments before taking the final test in this course.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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