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Gerodontology. 2018 Apr 23. doi: 10.1111/ger.12336. [Epub ahead of print]

Promoting oral health care among people living in residential aged care facilities: Perceptions of care staff.

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1
Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research Translation and Evaluation (COHORTE), Western Sydney University, Liverpool BC, NSW, Australia.
2
Oral Health Services, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Liverpool BC, NSW, Australia.
3
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool BC, NSW, Australia.
4
HarbisonCare, Bowral, NSW, Australia.
5
University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to look at the practices and perspectives of residential aged care facility (RACF) care staff regarding the provision of oral health care in RACFs.

BACKGROUND:

Emphasis has been placed on the provision of adequate oral health care in RACFs through the Better Oral Health in Residential Aged Care programme. Endorsed by the Australian government, this programme provided oral health education and training for aged care staff. However, recent evidence suggests that nearly five years after the implementation of this programme, the provision of oral care in RACFs in NSW remains inadequate.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This project utilised an exploratory qualitative design which involved a focus group with 12 RACF care staff. Participants were asked to discuss the current oral health practices in their facility, and their perceived barriers to providing oral health care.

RESULTS:

The key findings demonstrated current oral health practices and challenges among care staff. Most care staff had received oral health training and demonstrated positive attitudes towards providing dental care. However, some participants identified that ongoing and regular training was necessary to inform practice and raise awareness among residents. Organisational constraints and access to dental services also limited provision of dental care while a lack of standardised guidelines created confusion in defining their role as oral healthcare providers in the RACF.

CONCLUSION:

This study highlighted the need for research and strategies that focus on capacity building care staff in oral health care and improving access of aged care residents to dental services.

KEYWORDS:

care staff; nursing home; oral health; residential aged care

PMID:
29682784
DOI:
10.1111/ger.12336

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