Article published by Déborah Oliveira, MICARE researcher, along with Natasha Layton, Aislinn Lalor, Susan Slatyer, Den-Ching A Lee, Christina Bryant, Moira Watson, Anjali Khushu, Elissa Burton, Natasha L. Brusco, Alessandro Jacinto, Elizabeth Tiller, and Keith D. Hill.
Older carers or ‘care partners’ of older people experiencing care needs often provide essential support, at times while neglecting their own health and well-being. This is an increasingly frequent scenario due to both demographic changes and policy shifts towards ageing in place. Multiple community stakeholders within the care and support ecosystem hold valuable expertise about the needs of older care partners, and the programme and policy responses that may better support their health and well-being. The aim of this study was to identify the perspectives of stakeholders obtained through the codesign phase of a multicomponent research project investigating new models of care and support for older care partners suitable for the Australian context.
This paper reports the research design and structure of the codesign panels, the findings to support the health and well-being of older carers of older people, and the resulting service model principles. The codesigned and preferred model of care is currently being prepared for implementation and evaluation in Australia.