D Allcock, E Page, S McCracken, E Thorman, R Marchant, C Worth, H Fraser, D Shipway


  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine

Abstract Introduction The Enhanced Health in Care Homes Framework recognises personalised advance care planning (ACP) as a key component of optimal healthcare for care home residents. We established a multi-disciplinary care home team providing comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), structured medication review (SMR) and advance care planning (ACP) to a pilot cohort of frail residents in 17 care homes. We aimed to explore the acceptability and perceptions of proactive ACP alongside CGA from the perspective of resident’s next-of-kin (NOK), primary care staff and care home managers (CHMs. Methods Data was collected using standardised questionnaires between February-September 2022. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. This was undertaken independently by two lead authors, after which codes and categories were identified through a collaborative approach and triangulation. Results Four categories emerged from NOK data: 1) Perceived benefit of frailty specialist review, 2) Perceived improved knowledge of the individual through holistic assessment, 3) Sensitive conversations were perceived to have been handled well, but this was sometimes challenging over the phone, 4) Families felt empowered in shared decision making. Six categories emerged from primary care feedback: 1) Perceived benefit of holistic reviews, 2) Improved information sharing using same clinical system, 3) Specialist frailty involvement supporting GP learning, 4) Challenges with set-up, 5) Perceived avoidance of admissions following reviews, 6) Time and financial savings for NHS. Four categories emerged from CHM feedback: 1) Perception that medical reviews were overdue, 2) Reduced care home staff workload through saving of time, 3) Specialist review and 4) Empowering staff to avoid admissions. Conclusions This evaluation identified key feedback themes in relation to the perceived value and acceptability of a dedicated care home team performing CGA based ACP. Stakeholders expressed positive views about the service, suggesting benefits for individual residents, primary and community healthcare staff, and the wider healthcare system.

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