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Determining readiness for a reablement approach to care in Australia: Development of a pre‐employment questionnaire

Prior, SJ ORCID: 0000-0001-5782-9141, Heath, A, Reeves, NS, Campbell, SJ ORCID: 0000-0003-4830-8488, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, Bramble, M ORCID: 0000-0001-6552-1171, Marlow, A ORCID: 0000-0002-8606-7497 and Doherty, D 2020 , 'Determining readiness for a reablement approach to care in Australia: Development of a pre‐employment questionnaire' , Health and Social Care in The Community , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1111/hsc.13150.

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Reablement is described as a goal directed intervention with a view to maintain orimprove the independence of clients through “doing with, rather than doing for”. Asa relatively new concept in care, lack of specific skills in reablement is not uncommon, however, intrinsic values aligned with reablement are beneficial to organisations providing care and support to clients. The aim of this study is to develop apre-employment questionnaire to assess readiness for a reablement approach to careas a step towards developing a reablement culture across organisations. A questionnaire based on activities of daily living (ADL), developed by the research team inconsultation with a local community-based care organisation, was completed by 166staff members at a community-based care organisation in Tasmania across severaltimepoints during and following reablement education sessions in 2018. The scoresfrom these questionnaires were utilised to develop a questionnaire appropriate fordetermining readiness for reablement prior to employment within the organisation.Over a period of twelve months, a total of 407 Reablement Readiness Questionnaireswere submitted by staff, indicating high levels of willingness to engage in reablement prior to and following the education sessions. Exploratory factor analyses wereperformed, and the construct validity and internal consistency of the emerging factors were assessed. An exploratory factor analysis indicated that ADL, in relation toreablement, consist of three dimensions—Lifestyle, My body and Connecting. Thecorresponding questions were subsequently built into an online questionnaire forpre-employment use. This questionnaire also has potential benefit in recruitment ofstaff to other community service organisations, to ascertain their readiness for reablement prior to beginning a variety of different roles within client care and support.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Prior, SJ and Heath, A and Reeves, NS and Campbell, SJ and Maxwell, H and Bramble, M and Marlow, A and Doherty, D
Keywords: community care, community-based research, evidence-based change, health and social care, health services research, patient-centred care
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in The Community
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0966-0410
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/hsc.13150
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© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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