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THE APPLICATION of consumer directed
care in indigenous, rural and remote and
CALD communities is the focus of new
online training available free to home
The training package takes case
managers through CHOICES, an
evidence-based CDC model designed
with older people and developed by
Deakin University in partnership with
Comprising of organisational
readiness tools and nine online training
modules, the training covers a range
of topics including motivational goal
planning, individualised budgets and
restorative health and capacity building.
Lead researcher on the project
Associate Professor Goetz Ottmann from
Deakin University's School of Nursing
says CHOICES was designed to build
the capacity of clients and carers to
assume more control over their care and
incorporates three levels of self-direction.
At the most basic level clients
could have a greater say over their care
planning, graduating to involvement
in care coordination tasks and at an
advanced level assume responsibility for
care finances and administration.
The CHOICES in Aged Care project
builds on an earlier project known as
the People at Centre Stage (PACS) model,
a pioneering CDC model developed and
tested in urban areas in Australia.
CHOICES adapted the successful PACS
model for use in rural and remote, culturally
and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities, and
was recently trialled by approximately 130
older people in NSW and Victoria.
The CHOICES in Aged Care project was
funded by the Department of Social Services
as part of the Encouraging Best Practice in
Residential Aged Care program. n
New checklist for
dementia-friendly social support
Resource aims to increase opportunities for people living with
dementia to meaningfully participate in social programs.
Organisations and staff facilitating
social support groups for
seniors will benefit from a new
'dementia-friendly checklist' produced by
a collaborative that involved an aged care
provider, consumer group and researchers.
The resource aims to ensure that social
support programs increase opportunities
for people living with dementia to
meaningfully participate. The creators said
the resource can be used by any social
support program in any setting.
The Dementia-friendly social support
-- checklist was developed through a
partnership between Uniting AgeWell and
Barwon South West Department of Health
and Human Services, with input from
elearning resources to help guide on CDC
CHOICES in Aged Care project
Alzheimer's Australia Victoria, the Dementia
Training Study Centre at the University
of Wollongong, several regional health
departments, local government services,
rural hospitals and the Gunditjmara
Teresa Roberts, team leader at Western
Region Uniting AgeWell, who managed the
project, says the resource aims to ensure
people with dementia had the opportunity
to enjoy their time in social support groups
and not suffer from unnecessary stresses
that could be relieved.
"These practical tools assist to create
a non-stressing environment. This is
such a relief not only for the person with
dementia but also for their carer who can
be given a little time away from their caring
responsibility," Roberts says.
She says that while the resource was
targeted specifically for social support
groups, it also provides useful information
about people with dementia and the
environments where they feel most at ease,
which could be adapted by community care
organisations and day therapy centres.
The checklist was developed by
comparing a wide range of best practices,
not only programming but also the social
and physical environments of social
support programs, Roberts says.
The Dementia-friendly social support
checklist can be accessed from the Uniting
Age Well website. Go to unitingagewell.org n
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