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Quality of life is an important outcome in aged care where curative treatments may no longer be the main focus. Research Fellow Dr Claire Hutchinson discusses a three year research project which develops a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments.
Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor Kate Laver discusses how can we improve quality of life and maintain function in people in the advanced stages of dementia.
Aged care training will need to include capacity for palliative care with its focus on quality of life and support for the person and their families. CareSearch Senior Research Fellow Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht discusses how the new palliAGED modules for aged care nurses can help.
In our sixth SA Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program blog, Dr Priyanka Vandersman from RePaDD at Flinders University shares how evidence, research, and inputs from family caregivers and aged care staff formed the foundation of a practical resource aimed at supporting bereavement, grief, and loss.
In our fifth SA Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program blog, member of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Julian Soriano explains how their projects will examine the role of and how to better support pharmacists in residential aged care facilities.