Building capacity for end-of-life planning in aged care: ELDAC facilitates organisational development and workforce capabilities.

Dr John Rosenberg1, Ms Rebecca  Moore1, Ms Jennifer Gavin1, Ms Melissa Brodie1, Mrs Diana Harrison1, Ms Karen Clifton1, Prof. Patsy Yates1

1Queensland University Of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Australia

Abstract:

End of Life Directions for Aged Care [ELDAC] provides support to aged care services in developing mutually beneficial partnerships with primary and palliative care services. The ELDAC Sector Engagement stream builds workforce capacity through the facilitated and tailored implementation of the ‘Working Together’ online toolkit https://www.eldac.com.au A suite of organisational audits and identification of learning needs of staff assists participating sites to identify gaps and opportunities for development of palliative care and advance care planning practices.

In this presentation, we report our preliminary data analysis from nine participating aged care providers who support home-dwelling older persons at the end of life. Early indications show a diverse range of approaches to end-of-life care and partnering. This diversity presents challenges to providing end-of-life care at home when transfer to hospital is a common default action.

Value of the information to the delegates and how it relates to the ACSA Summit:

Delegates will have an opportunity to understand how ELDAC supports home care services to improve linkages with other palliative care providers, enhances the palliative care skills and advance care planning expertise of aged care service staff; and advances the quality of care for home-dwelling aged care recipients, prevents unnecessary hospital admissions, and shortens hospital stays. It relates specifically to the ‘Performance’ theme of the conference.

Outcomes:

ELDAC is a live project and a wide range of outcomes are being reported at this time.

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