Examining the utility of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) as a vehicle for improving staff skills and knowledge in care planning and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)

Associate Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Georgene McNeill, Anne Hoolahan, Katie Rowell, Professor Lynn Chenoweth, Janelle Govett, Associate Professor Victoria Traynor and, Dr Lee-Fay Low

This project addresses two of the most pressing issues that the Australian Government and aged care industry face in ensuring adequate quality and funding mechanisms for the provision of residential aged care services. Since its introduction in 2008 a concerted effort from both the Government and the aged care industry has been put into place to ensure appropriate and optimal use of the ACFI as a funding assessment tool in residential aged care.

Little has been done to explore ways to maximise the utility of the ACFI in enhancing staff skills and knowledge in care of residents, and improving care quality. Equally, limited evidence is available to what extent the ACFI measures up with validated dementia outcome instruments, specifically for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Action research combined with pre-/post-test design was used to develop an education tool to facilitate better management of BPSD using the ACFI and test its feasibility and effects on well-being of residents with dementia. The outcomes of the project inform both policy and practice development, which ultimately aims to improve the quality of life of over 210,000 people receiving care in residential aged care facilities.

Links to read more:

Examining the utility of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) - Summary Report

ACFI Informed Education Tool (ACFIiET)

 

 

Other stories from this edition of Dementia Research News:

Director's report and welcome from Prof Elizabeth Beattie

Examining the use of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

The use of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease

Pain and Pain Management for RACF and Community Settings

 

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