Topic: Active partners in care – Promoting independence with care in the community setting

Day: Monday 12 October

Time:  3:30pm-4:00pm AEDT


Active partners in care – Promoting independence with care in the community settingActive partners in care – Promoting independence with care in the community settingDuring the Covid 19 pandemic Bolton Clarke sought innovative in ways to support clients/carers who did not want to receive visitors in their home especially at the beginning of the pandemic. Consequently, the Bolton Clarke Care Innovation Team developed the Active Partners in Care suite of resources to enable clients to remain in control and have choice regarding their services. 
Actively engaging and supporting clients/carers to do all or part of their ‘clinical or personal care tasks’ should be considered when assessing and planning care for all clients, this includes people with a diagnosis of dementia.  Every client should have their strengths and abilities assessed, and an opportunity to maximise their independence where possible. Under Aged Care Quality Standard 2: Assessment and Planning we partner with clients/carers to promote independence and for them to be engaged in their own care as they choose.  
The Active Partners in Care suite of information sheets are applicable for nurses and others specifically written for clients/carers.  The purpose of the information sheets for nurses is to start a discussion and introduce strategies to support a Wellness and Reablement approach.  This supports the client and/or their carer to be independent with their care. 
The purpose of the information sheets for clients and carers is to encourage independence and are used in conjunction with their nurse.  The nurse will talk to the client or carer about their care needs and what they want to achieve.  The Active Partners in Care information sheets suite includes:For clients/carers • Being an active partner in my care • Helping me to take my medicines • Caring for my wound • Changing my catheter leg bag • Changing my catheter valve • Changing my stoma bagFor nurses:• Fact Sheet for Clinical Staff • Enabling independence with medicines guide for nurses 
The benefits of the Active Partners in Care information sheets include: • Positively encouraging clients to take control, builds self-confidence!• Supporting client/carer potential and not taking over • Encouraging clients to stay active in looking after themselves, builds on their strengths!• Supporting autonomy for clients who can make decisions about their own care 





After 30 years ‘On the road’ as a District Nurse, Care Manager, Community Partnership Group facilitation and Project Manager, Kath embarked into a new direction leading two early Active Service Model pilot projects between district nursing, local government and Community Health teams in Melbourne. This led Kath to spending nearly 8 years in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as a Senior Project officer working on the Active Service Model initiative across Victoria. Kath has presented at National conferences and participated in the Commonwealth Governments and AAG’s Reablement working groups representing Bolton Clarke. Kath holds a Graduate Diploma in Ambulatory and Home Care nursing. At the end of the day, what is most important to Kath is that all work with our clients/residents is done with purpose and meaning and has a positive impact.
Janeen has worked in several clinical and managerial roles 30 years. This experience has included roles such as a Primary Nursing, Clinical Coordinator, Active Service Model Project Officer, Manager Liaison, Client Services Manager and Quality Manager. Her current role is Manager Clinical Innovation. Janeen is responsible for leading, supporting and coordinating the Care Innovation Team across Bolton Clarke. Janeen has presented at National Conferences. Her qualifications include a current Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Graduate Diploma of Business (Human Resource Management) and Bachelor of Nursing – Health Sciences. When not working Janeen enjoys Yoga and paddle boarding.