Aged care

The Australian aged care system includes a variety of residential and community care services providing extensive support to older people and their families. NARI's research in this area is enabled by strong links to service providers and a continuing commitment to improving the experience of people within the aged care system.

BEFRIENDAS Study: The impact of befriending on depression, anxiety, social support and loneliness in older adults living in residential aged care facilities

Funded by the NHMRC and beyondblue, the BEFRIENDAS study is comparing a befriending intervention to treatment as usual for people living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. Befriending is non-directive emotional and social support that is provided by a volunteer.

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Tapestry of care

NARI is collaborating with Royal Freemasons Ltd in the implementation and evaluation of an enhanced model of care for residential aged care.

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Mapping the Journey in Residential Aged Care for Residents with Dementia

Royal Freemasons has partnered with NARI to investigate new approaches to deliver consumer directed residential aged care. NARI will evaluate the enhanced care program for residential services which includes Transition Maps, an information-rich yet simple tool to map, track and coordinate a resident’s journey in care.

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Evaluation of general practitioner attitudes to telehealth for residential aged care

A pilot of telehealth was conducted by Inner North West Medicare Local in conjunction with residential aged care facilities. As part of the evaluation, NARI investigated general practitioner attitudes to the provision of their services via telehealth for residential aged care patients.

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Telephone support for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

While there is substantial evidence that CBT is effective in reducing mood disorders, there is also limited evidence that non-therapeutic talking assists some people. Befriending is a technique for providing non-therapeutic conversation for people who are socially isolated.

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