Improving oral health for older people in the home care setting: an exploratory implementation study

Adrienne Lewis, Alison Kitson, Gillian Harvey

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Abstract

Aim
To explore how home care providers can support older people to maintain good oral health through implementing a model called Better Oral Health in Home Care (BOHHC).

Methods
A mixed method, pre‐ to post‐implementation design was used. The Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework informed the model's implementation process.

Results
High levels of dental need were identified at pre‐implementation. Older people self‐reported significant oral health improvements following the introduction of tailored home care strategies by care workers, who in turn reported a better understanding and knowledge of the importance of oral care for older people.

Conclusion
The BOHHC Model provided an evidence‐based approach for community‐based prevention and early detection of oral health problems. Improving oral health for older people in the home care setting has significant practice and policy implications which require ongoing intersectoral facilitation involving aged care, vocational health education and dental sectors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume35
Issue number4
Early online date26 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • aged, capacity building, home care services, quality improvement, oral health

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