Barfoot & Thompson keeping elderly happy at home
CARE Project proving its value
The CARE (Co-ordinated care, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Education) Project was launched in September and is already proving its value in addressing the growing needs of our ageing population. Our district has the highest population of senior citizens, so the project has enormous importance.
The CARE Project is dedicated to coordinating and enhancing the care of people aged 75 and over and Maori and Pacific people aged 65 plus.
The general practices in the first stage of the project are funded to give longer appointments with enrolled patients. This provides time to do a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s needs and create a specific care plan which aims to keep them comfortable in their own home and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.
Barfoot and Thompson are kindly sponsoring Waitemata DHB Gerontology Nurse Specialists who work closely with the general practice doctors and nurses to provide expert knowledge, resources and a vital link between the practices, community support and hospital services.
Dr Peter Hall of Family Doctors Whangaparaoa has 131 patients eligible to be enrolled in the project and says although it is still at an early stage; it has been a welcomed intervention which has exceeded his expectations.
“We saw the potential to improve care for our elderly patients and we’ve had plenty of positive patient feedback,” says Dr Hall. “Our patients are benefitting in many ways from the extra time available to address their specific needs and not only provide them with extra resources to help them stay well at home but also to make them aware of what help is available in the community already.”
Further general practices are likely to be included later this year with the project running until September 2017 and includes a full evaluation of its effectiveness.