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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

Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Prof Lynn Chenoweth, A/Prof Lee-Fay Low, Prof Daniel O'Connor
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution University of Sydney
Project Description

The 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 will be 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 will 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.

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