Feasibility of LifeFul, a relationship and reablement-focused culture change program in residential aged care

Low, Lee-Fay, Venkatesh, Shruti, Clemson, Lindy, Merom, Dafna, Casey, Anne-Nicole, and Brodaty, Henry (2018) Feasibility of LifeFul, a relationship and reablement-focused culture change program in residential aged care. BMC Geriatrics, 18. 129.

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Background: The protective, custodial, task-oriented care provided in residential aged care facilitates decreases health and wellbeing of residents. The aim of the study was to conduct a feasibility study of LifeFul – a 12 month reablement program in residential aged care.

Methods: LifeFul was developed based on systematic reviews of reablement and staff behaviour change in residential aged care, and in consultation with aged care providers, consumers and clinicians. LifeFul includes: engaging and supporting facility leaders to facilitate organisational change, procedural changes including dedicated rostering, assigning each resident a ‘focus’ carer and focusing on the psychosocial care of residents part of handovers and staff training. The study was conducted in three Australian residential aged care facilities. A pre-post mixed methods design was used to evaluate recruitment and retention, fidelity and adherence, acceptability, enablers and barriers and suitability of outcome measures for the program.

Results: Eighty of 146 residents agreed to participate at baseline and 69 of these were followed up at 12 months. One hundred and four of 157 staff participated at baseline and 85 of 123 who were still working at the facilities participated at 12 months. Staff perceived the program to be acceptable, barriers included having insufficient time, having insufficient staff, negative attitudes, misunderstanding new procedures, and lack of sufficient leadership support. Quantitative data were promising in regards to residents’ depression symptoms, functioning and social care related quality of life.

Conclusion: It is feasible to deliver and evaluate LifeFul. The program could be improved through increased leadership training and support, and by focusing efforts on residents having a ‘best week’ rather than on completing a document each handover.

Item ID: 74393
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-2318
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Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 06:28
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