Care planning practices for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care: A pilot of an education toolkit informed by the Aged Care Funding Instrument

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Jeon, Yun-Hee, Govett, Janelle, Low, Lee-Fay, Chenoweth, Lynn, McNeill, Georgene, Hoolahan, Anne, Brodaty, Henry and O'Connor, Daniel William. (2013) Care planning practices for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care: A pilot of an education toolkit informed by the Aged Care Funding Instrument. Contemporary Nurse. 44(2), pp. 156 - 169. https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.156
AuthorsJeon, Yun-Hee, Govett, Janelle, Low, Lee-Fay, Chenoweth, Lynn, McNeill, Georgene, Hoolahan, Anne, Brodaty, Henry and O'Connor, Daniel William
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Aim: To assess the feasibility and the effects of a multi-component education toolkit that used the Aged Care Funding Instrument behaviour (ACFI-BEH) scores to trigger care planning for older people experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Method: Forty-six older people and 209 staff and managers from five Sydney metropolitan residential aged care (RAC) facilities participated in this pre–post intervention pilot study. Results: The face validity and accessibility/acceptability of the toolkit was established, but potential utility of the ACFI-BEH in informing care planning was proven to be negligible. The ACFI-informed education toolkit did not lead to statistically significant improvements in care planning practice or reduce the severity/frequency of the targetted BPSD. Care plan quality remained low post intervention, with between 31% (N = 12/39) and 65% (N = 13/20) of care plans not addressing the persons’ BPSD, nor utilising the ACFI information in relation to BPSD. Conclusion: This study has underscored the problems associated with current care planning practice in RAC settings and the need for developing strategies to ensure quality and safe care through individualised care planning practices. Our study processes, results and lessons discussed in this paper could assist future research on this type of research in RAC settings.

Keywordsbehavioural and psychosocial symptoms of dementia; assessment; nursing homes; care plans; aged care funding instrument
Year2013
JournalContemporary Nurse
Journal citation44 (2), pp. 156 - 169
PublishereContent Management Pty Ltd
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.156
Page range156 - 169
Research GroupInstitute for Health and Ageing
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