Australian residents in aged-care facilities, including a majority who live with dementia, were asked to rate the quality of care they received. The researchers measured quality of care using the Consumer Choice Index–6 Dimension instrument (CCI-6D) and individually evaluated each dimension of care (time, shared-spaces, own-room, outside and gardens, meaningful activities and care flexibility). Residents who gave the highest ratings lived in a more home-like model, where they are given more flexibility and choice in their care routines, as well as greater access to the outdoors. The researchers note that models of residential care for people with dementia have recently evolved to include greater emphasis on person-centred care delivered in domestic, small-scale environments. They conclude that including the voice of residents in the evaluation of residential care is feasible and should be a standard practice.
SOURCE: International Journal of Quality in Health Care, August 28, 2018
DATE Retrieved: September 21, 2018