Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre

About the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) CDPC Logo 002

The NHMRC Partnership Centre: Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre) is a national collaborative of academics, service providers, consumers and clinicians that aim to improve the lives of people with dementia by developing, communicating and implementing research that improves care.

Our approach is guided by our commitment to working together, diversity and translating rigorous research into practice. HammondCare is a proud partner of the CDPC. More of the CDPC’s resources are available here.

 

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Some of the questions we have sought answers to include:

How do different models of residential care affect cost and quality?

This activity provides information on models of care and how much it costs to provide care for people with cognitive decline in a range of residential services. A unique consumer-informed measure of quality and choices in care has been developed and will allow for international comparisons.

To learn more about understanding long-term care services for older people with cognitive decline, please click here.

 

Who manages your money when you are no longer able to? 

If you lose mental capacity, who can make financial decisions for you? State laws allow you to appoint someone when you still have capacity to make financial decisions (enduring powers of attorney) for you should you be unable, or unwilling, to manage financial affairs. However, there is evidence of financial institutions not recognising these documents.

This study examined the policies and practices of financial institutions in New South Wales in recognising enduring powers of attorney and the experiences of consumers who have had both positive and negative dealings with financial institutions when acting on powers of attorney.

The aim of the study was to highlight the issues, develop some educational packages for financial institutions and consumers, and recommend changes to simplify this area of law and create uniformity among the various states and territories.

To learn more about financial institutions and substitute decision making, please click here.

 

How do staff influence the quality of dementia care and the lives of residents?

In the area of residential dementia care, it is clear that there is a relationship between variables in the staff and/or facility with the quality of care provided, and quality of life for residents.

Variables include staff attitude, wellbeing, skills, personality, and burnout. At a facility level, the variables are staff ratios, levels of autonomy or support given to staff, and differing views on what constitutes ‘care’.

Despite many reviews, it is difficult to develop a coherent overview of the nature of these relationships, or the relative importance of the variables.

Two systematic reviews were conducted based on the published scientific literature over the last 20 years and aimed at: 1. providing more information about the relationships between staff, quality of care and quality of life for residents; and, 2. the interventions that have been used with staff to try to improve quality of care and quality of life. This study focused on staff variables that were potentially changeable (e.g. attitude but not gender). Quality of care was defined by what is actually done for or with residents and quality of life was also broadly defined.

To learn more about quality of care by supporting staff, please click here.

 

How do we know whether we are providing evidence-based and best practice approaches to caring for people living with dementia?

National clinical guidelines for people with dementia provide health professionals and carers in primary care, aged care and hospital settings with access to recommendations reflecting current evidence on dementia care to better respond to the needs and preferences of the person living with dementia.

The guidelines contain 109 recommendations that health and aged care staff should apply in their workplaces while responding to the needs and preferences of the person with dementia and their carer(s) and family.

To learn more about clinical practice guidelines, please click here.

 

We all talk about teamwork but, how cohesive are your teams?

Interprofessional Education is when professionals take part in a program to learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), 2002).

A free online toolkit has been developed that provides aged care managers and administrators with the first comprehensive guide for implementing an Interprofessional Education (IPE) program for students and staff at their facility.

To learn more about Interprofessional Education:

 

 

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