Research - Home like aged care delivers better outcomes

01-Jun-2018 7:00 AM

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01am 4 June, 2018 Chief executive of leading health and aged care provider, HammondCare, Dr Stephen Judd today welcomed research which shows small domestic models of residential aged care deliver better quality of life and health outcomes for older people.

“This research by Flinders University, published today, supports the type of care that HammondCare has been delivering for many years – small home like environments, with domestic kitchens and meals being prepared and cooked in the home, where there is  easy access to the outdoors. It shows that these sort of environments for older people deliver a better quality of life as well as less time spent in hospital – something we all want for our loved ones,” Dr Judd said.   “But it is important to say that this is not just about the physical environment, but the social model of care and approach to staffing as well.”
The Flinders University research, published today in the Medical Journal of Australia  (MJA), is part of the INSPIRED study, which aims to look at the effects of physical environments and models of care on the quality of life of residential aged care residents, particularly those living with dementia.
The research shows that home like, clustered models of care deliver better quality of life, lower hospitalisation rates, and lower emergency department presentation rates than traditional aged care facilities. It also shows that as well as delivering improved health outcomes for residents, home like models are estimated to save $14,000 per person, a year.
“So not only are home like residences providing better health outcomes, they are also cost effective. It should be a no brainer for Governments, philanthropists and other aged care investors to back those models that reflect the evidence, because at the end of the day, that’s what will produce better outcomes for more and more older Australians,” Dr Judd said.
He said other parts of the INSPIRED research, made public earlier this year, also show residents in home like aged care environments are half as likely to be prescribed a potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) compared to those living in standard residential homes.

Media Inquiries: For more information, please contact HammondCare: Jenny Stevenson M: 0402 214 039  

About HammondCare: HammondCare is an independent Christian charity specialising in health and aged care, with a particular emphasis on dementia care and palliative care.

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