Next steps in ABLE assessment

NARI has been contracted by Rural Northwest Health to evaluate the second phase of a model of dementia care for potential publication.

The work builds on earlier work which described the model, implemented by RNH, based on the principles of the Montessori Method. Known as ABLE, it included four main components: abilities and capabilities of residents, background of residents, leadership, education, training and organisational culture change, and the physical environment.

NARI conducted a mixed methods evaluation of the data generated by RNH, the results of which were used to produce an academic article, which was subsequently published in Geriatric Nursing. The article reflected on how ABLE had resulted in significant behaviour changes among the residents, as well as reductions in anti-psychotic and sedative medication.

The next stage of the evaluation is to determine what other benefits have emerged from the ABLE model.

Dr Luke Gahan, NARI researcher, said the analysis will look at data from 2008 through to 2012 and 2013 to 2017 in a bid to help furnish a more detailed picture of results for residents including medication use and resident/ family and staff satisfaction reports.