Computer modeling with randomized-controlled trial data informs the development of person-centered aged care homes

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Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2015, 5 (5), pp. 403 - 412
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© 2015 Future Medicine Ltd. Aim: To answer questions on the essential components (services, operations and resources) of a person-centered aged care home (iHome) using computer simulation. Materials & methods: iHome was developed with AnyLogic software using extant study data obtained from 60 Australian aged care homes, 900+ clients and 700+ aged care staff. Bayesian analysis of simulated trial data will determine the influence of different iHome characteristics on care service quality and client outcomes. Interim results: A person-centered aged care home (socio-cultural context) and care/lifestyle services (interactional environment) can produce positive outcomes for aged care clients (subjective experiences) in the simulated environment. Conclusion: Further testing will define essential characteristics of a person-centered care home.
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