At last week’s National Member Representative Forum, Daniella Greenwood spoke passionately about the Consistent Assignment model of care.

The model is not only a rostering approach where staff are consistently assigned to care for the same small group of older people, but also part of  broader cultural change which marks a shift from an institutional to a social or relational model of care.

The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care, Outcome 2.3 states that: To enable mutual relationships of trust and openness to develop, staff are consistently assigned as caregivers to the same older person. Meaningful Ageing Australia has produced an implementation tool to assist organisations in meeting this outcome.

The tool defines consistent assignment, when and how it should be used, explores challenges that might present and shares a number real life examples from member organisations.

The tool also includes a section on how to cultivate long-term staff retention, through meaningful work, valuing individual skills and contributions, enabling access to professional development and maintaining a healthy workplace culture.

“During the course of a 30 day period, the average number of different care staff attending to one resident living with dementia reduced by 82%, from 28 staff to five.”

Thanks to the following member organisations for their contributions to the implementation tool: Arcare, Barossa Village, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, Prescare, Wesley Mission Queensland & St Basil’s WA.

The implementation tool is available to Meaningful Ageing Australia member organisations here.

Daniella Greenwood’s PowerPoint Presentation from the National Forum is available for Meaningful Ageing member organisations here.

To find out more, please email admin@meaningfulage.org.au or call (03) 8387 2274.

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