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Towards innovation: the development of a person-centred model of care for older people in acute care



Towards innovation: the development of a person-centred model of care for older people in acute care



Contemporary Nurse 26(2): 164-176



That the population is ageing poses many challenges for health care planners. Some argue that these challenges, exacerbated by limited funding, maintaining increased community expectations and the need for quality health care outcomes, may be overcome by exploring alternate models of care. These ideas have led health planners to reconceptualise contemporary philosophies of care with the current emphasis on multidisciplinary teams and a person-centred approach to care. This paper presents a model for the care of older people in the acute care setting. The concepts for the development of the model were derived from the international literature. In the model the care of older people is underpinned by a philosophy of person-centredness. The complex nature of care is represented along with those factors that enable a person-centred approach to be taken. The functions of the model in practice are highlighted and discussion of how it is being implemented within the acute care sector outlined.

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