Co-learning with home care aides and their clients: collaboratively increasing individual and organizational capacities

Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2015;36(3):261-77.
Authors: Muramatsu N, Madrigal J, Berbaum ML, Henderson VA, Jurivich DA, Zanoni J, Marquez DX, Madrid KC.

Changes in health care provide unprecedented opportunities for collaboration across research, education, and practice for the common goal of enhancing the well-being of older adults and their caregivers. This article describes how a pilot project, "Promoting Seniors' Health with Home Care Aides," has synergistic education, research and practice effects that enhance individual and organizational capacities. This pilot is an innovative partnership with home care aides to deliver a safe physical activity program appropriate for frail seniors in a real-life public home care program. The intervention and research occur in older adults' homes and thus provide rare opportunities for the research team and partners to learn from each other about dynamics of home care in older adults' life contexts. Co-learning is essential for continuous quality improvement in education, research and practice. We propose to establish "Teaching Home Care" to ensure ongoing co-learning in gerontology and geriatrics.

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