Care Partnerships Australia

A service for people living with a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment and their carers.

For a person living with a diagnosis of dementia and their family we provide information about dementia and advance care planning.

 

This is done by arranging an in-home consultation. We conduct assessments to provide information for the family carer and medical team. We include a care plan which provides a communication guide to navigate the support available.

Who are our clients?

People Living with Dementia

We will

  • complete an assessment looking at your strengths in mobility and cognition 

  • find ideas on how to keep you active and enabled 

  • make recommendations on how people can communicate with you to enable you to be in control of your care

  • look at nutrition, sleep and symptom management and pain control

  • advise about incontinence  

  • support the home environment with ideas that will enable you to live as independently as possible with the best quality of life

  • maximise your involvement in the care you want and your family needs

Carers

We will

  • Support you to plan for your future

  • discuss the options

  • support you in how to communicate effectively with your  loved one 

  • how to plan ahead 

  • Assist you to understand the person living with dementia and their needs  in a positive way

Organisations

We will

  • listen to your customers’ feedback and make recommendations on how to be more dementia inclusive in your business

  • advise what will help you to educate your staff on living well with dementia

  • complete audits and assessments of trends: what is working well  and what is not easy

  • offer recommendations to improve your services for people living with dementia

  • work alongside your teams 

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Services

In-home Consultation

We will

  • complete an assessment looking at your strengths in mobility and cognition 

  • find ideas on how to keep you active and enabled 

  • make recommendations on how people can communicate with you to enable you to be in control of your care

  • look at nutrition, sleep, symptoms and pain control 

  • advise about incontinence  

  • support the home environment with ideas to enable you to you to find things including information and contacts for local care providers

  • maximise your involvement in the care you want and your family needs

Mentoring

We will work with your teams to improve their knowledge and understanding  about people's needs living with dementia. 

 

It appears that a crucial component missing from the implementation of person-centred care for people with dementia is dedicated dementia care specialists out on the floor, “walking the talk”, and backing up the rhetoric that exists around person-centred care. 

Building capability through formal training programs is also a vital component of promoting person-centred care, however despite the best intention of staff, it is easy for the intention to change practice to get lost during the day-to-day routine. I believe that the creation of the Mentorship program embedded within care teams would help to bridge the gap between formal training and day-to-day practice. I have already introduced this concept to a large not-for-profit aged and community care provider in WA.

 Another important piece of the Mentorship program in moving toward a person-centred approach is the building of strong care partnerships with families. Families need to be closely involved in care planning and delivery via a case conferencing approach and given education to enable effective communication with their loved one. While many staff do try their best to liaise with families they are often overwhelmed with their day-to-day work and have limited capacity to really give families the time and support that they require. This often leads to unsatisfactory experiences for the person and their family.

This program can be tailored to your business, I look forward to an opportunity to work with you.

 

Fees are negotiable.

Public Speaking

Michelle is a Dementia Consultant at Care Partnerships Australia in Western Australia. Michelle worked with a WA large not for profit aged and community care provider group for 10 years in Western Australia and finished a mentorship program for their clinicians in December 2017.

 

Michelle is focused on changing the culture of dementia care across all business streams, building knowledge and best practice to support person-centred dementia care in partnership with clients, families and staff.

 

Michelle is passionate and enthusiastic about the importance of effective leadership to challenge the ‘status quo’ in care delivery, this includes reviewing the staff training initiatives and residential care living environments.

 

There is also an increased need to be supportive to all care partners by mentoring and to facilitate practical problem-solving assistance in the context of care delivery.

 

Building care partnerships with the families of people with dementia is a critical component of person-centred dementia care. Recently in April 2017, Michelle was nominated for a Better Practice award for work with Aged Link and was also a runner-up in the Asia Pacific awards.

 

In November 2015, Michelle spoke at the World Dementia Congress in Taiwan and the National Dementia Congress in Melbourne raising awareness about the rights of people living with dementia and need for a national approach to the development of dementia care standards.

Fees are negotiable.

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