The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified gaps in the provision of safe and effective care for people living with dementia in Australia.

Residential aged care homes are key providers of support to people experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia such as agitation, wandering, and aggression.

The RBRC partnered with Eldercare and evaluated the feasibility of the dementia care clinical pathway in one residential aged care setting.

Eldercare reported improvements in site processes, resident outcomes, and staff morale, and made plans to implement the pathway across the other Eldercare sites.

Implementation and documentation of the pathway met requirements for national auditing reporting, eliminating related administrative burdens.

The project produced a tool that positively impacted on outcomes for people with dementia and on staff satisfaction for people caring for those with dementia, at this site.