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Global aged care alliance to promote benefits of small household models

Leading aged care providers from three continents with experience and passion for small domestic household models of residential care are joining together to advocate for its wider adoption.

 

Australia’s HammondCare, the UK’s Belong Ltd and The Green House Project in the US and have joined together as founding members of the Household Model International Consortium to utilise their shared experience, skills, data and voice to promote the quality-of-life benefits of small household living.

 

Representatives from the three organisations today signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to form the consortium at the Australian High Commission, London.

 

An objective arising from the MOU will be a shared research agenda, including utilising each other’s respective relationships with universities, to deepen knowledge on the household model and how it can be further developed and enhanced.

 

The recent Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety, a blueprint for reform of the Australian aged care sector, recommended a shift toward small household or small-scale congregate living.

 

Mr Baird said: “Our experience is that the small household form of residential care provides reductions in hospital admissions, lower use of medications, and a higher quality of life for the residents.”

 

As well as research, the consortium will establish areas of strategic focus, joint papers, and position statements.

 

There will also be opportunity for staff exchanges and enhanced learning, as well as shared learning materials and packages.