Tri-focal model of care implementation: perspectives of residents and family

Hutchinson, Alison, Rawson, Helen, O'Connell, Beverly, Walker, Helen, Bucknall, Tracey, Forbes, Helen, Ostaszkiewicz, Joan and Ockerby, Cherene 2017, Tri-focal model of care implementation: perspectives of residents and family, Journal of nursing scholarship, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 33-43, doi: 10.1111/jnu.12269.

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Title Tri-focal model of care implementation: perspectives of residents and family
Author(s) Hutchinson, AlisonORCID iD for Hutchinson, Alison
Rawson, HelenORCID iD for Rawson, Helen
O'Connell, Beverly
Walker, Helen
Bucknall, TraceyORCID iD for Bucknall, Tracey
Forbes, HelenORCID iD for Forbes, Helen
Ostaszkiewicz, JoanORCID iD for Ostaszkiewicz, Joan
Ockerby, Cherene
Journal name Journal of nursing scholarship
Volume number 49
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 43
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-01
ISSN 1547-5069
Keyword(s) Aged care
long-term care
model of care
person-centered care
residential aged care facility
Summary PURPOSE: To explore residents' and family members' perceptions of partnership-centered long-term care (LTC) associated with implementation of the Tri-focal Model of Care. The Model promotes partnership-centered care, evidence-based practice, and a positive environment. Its implementation is supported by a specifically designed education program.

METHODS: The Model was implemented over approximately 12 months in seven LTC facilities in Victoria, Australia. A qualitative exploratory-descriptive approach was used. Data were collected using individual and focus group interviews with residents and family members prior to and following implementation of the Model. Data were analyzed thematically.

FINDINGS: Prior to implementation of the Model, residents described experiencing a sense of disempowerment, and emphasized the importance of communication, engagement, and being a partner in the staff-resident care relationship. Following implementation, residents reported experiencing improved partnership approaches to care, although there were factors that impacted on having a good experience. Family members described a desire to remain involved in the resident's life by establishing good communication and rapport with staff. They acknowledged this was important for partnership-centered care. Following implementation, they described experiencing a partnership with staff, giving them confidence to assist staff and be included in decisions about the resident.

CONCLUSIONS: The Tri-focal Model of Care can enable residents, family members, and staff to be partners in resident care in LTC settings.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE: With an ageing population, an increasing demand for complex, individualized LTC exists. Delivery of high-quality LTC requires a strategy to implement a partnership-centered approach, involving residents, family members, and staff.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jnu.12269
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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