What is a Partnership in care program?
A Partnership in care program supports aged care residents and their family or close friends, to continue their relationships of care and companionship even during periods of an infectious outbreak. Where a resident identifies a partner in care, a formal partnership arrangement can be implemented by the aged care home. Becoming a partner requires basic training in infection prevention and control. Partners also need to understand what is required to enter an aged care home during an outbreak.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has developed resources to assist:
- Partners in care
- Partner factsheet – explaining partnerships in care to family and close friends of residents.
- Partner information package –guidance to assist partners to build knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control. This includes videos to demonstrate hand hygiene.
- Residential aged care providers
- Provider factsheet – explaining Partnerships in care programs to residential aged care providers.
- Provider toolkit – support for providers to establish a Partnerships in care program in their service