Access to coordinated care has been shown to improve outcomes for complex, frail older people. Successful programs are characterised by high quality, coordinated, multidisciplinary assessment and intervention including a Consultant Geriatrician, reliable implementation of care plans and review of progress. Optimal results are achieved when services are appropriately targeted.
At present at QEII, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is available for all inpatients as a consultation service and through Geriatric Outpatients. However, multiple multidisciplinary teams can be involved and delivering efficient, coordinated care can be challenging. Such issues have an impact on emergency department wait times for all patients, inpatient length of stay and timely, effective communication with community-based healthcare providers. There is no access to CGA in the home at present.
In addition, access to interim care for people with behavioural disturbances in dementia is limited and more recently, there have also been issues with access to permanent placement in residential aged-care facilities for patients with typical dementia behaviours. Development of a robust behaviour management plan can facilitate care for these patients and support safe, timely transition back into the community.
The key components of the initiative are:
To provide coordinated, efficient care and improved integration of care throughout the continuum for this cohort of vulnerable people. Predicted benefits include:
This project is due for completion in June 2019.