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The lifestyle engagement activity program (LEAP) development and pilot

A/Prof Lee-Fay Low, Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Dr Jess Baker, Dr Jenny Fletcher, Ms Fleur Harrison
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
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The Lifestyle Engagement Activity Program (LEAP) for Life aims to train care staff to better engage community aged care clients using the best elements of activity programs in residential and community aged care.

LEAP is being evaluated at five community care sites across metro and suburban areas of Sydney NSW, including two that service ethnic minority groups. The study involves roughly 145 care workers, 20 case managers, and 165 clients.

The ability of LEAP for Life to change practices and improve client engagement, mood and well-being will be investigated. As part of LEAP case managers are being trained to set meaningful social or recreational goals with clients and incorporate these into care plans. Care workers are being trained in and encouraged to practise good communication; promote client independence, status, reciprocity and choice; and tailor meaningful activities using Montessori principles, reminiscence, music, physical activity and play. A LEAP champion works one day a week at each site in supporting care staff to implement program activities.

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