FOR the next two years the team at the National Ageing Research Institute will working hard for Australian seniors as they tackle five challenging projects.
The $2m Commonwealth Government grant will help NARI to research and report on projects that will support service innovation in aged and dementia care.
NARI's acting director Debra O'Connor said, "The projects are at the cutting edge, and build on NARI's strengths in supporting older people and services through research."
The projects are:
Connecting remote art centres and older Aboriginal people
- The unique project will explore how 90 remote community art centres can link older Aboriginal people to services under consumer directed care.
- NARI notes dementia in remote communities is up to five times higher than the general population and there is limited choice in health and support services.
"This project has the potential to transform services for older people, particularly in remote communities," Ms O'Connor said.
- Talk2Me will explore how people with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can easily communicate everyday needs with carers who do not speak the same language.
Ms O'Connor considers the Talk2Me project will be ground breaking. "There is nothing out there like this at the moment," she said.
e-Interpreting for CALD dementia patients
- The project will look into improving service knowledge and access among older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with dementia, countering issues of delayed diagnosis of dementia, the shortage of interpreters, especially in new and emerging languages and rural/remote areas.
- NARI will trial videoconferencing technology with interpreters for aged care assessments.
Mapping the dementia patients journey in residential aged care
- NARI will research new approaches to deliver consumer directed residential aged care.
- It will evaluate 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.
- This project is about using film and digital media to raise dementia awareness in CALD communities.
Ms O'Connor said the emphasis on projects for the CALD community has been driven by previous under-research and that sector ageing.
"We are really trying to bring a voice for CALD people into policy and practice in ageing," she added.