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Staff, older Australians sound off on participatory care

A participatory care model out of Tasmania was the focus of recent research that delved into job satisfaction for care workers and functional decline of older people.

The study evaluated a program to prevent the functional decline of older, community-dwelling people, called Staying Active-Staying Independent.

Study lead Dr Maree Bernoth, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University, said the evaluation provided older people and community support workers with the opportunity to share their experiences with the program.

In an interview with Aged Care Insite, Bernoth detailed the main messages participants raised during interviews and a focus group, the important elements of the relationship between the care giver and receiver and some areas of the program that could be expanded.

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