Considering a student placement in an aged care setting?
Before offering a student placement, it is important to be aware of the potential benefits and challenges associated with placements in aged care settings, and ensure adequate planning and preparation occurs to overcome the challenges identified. To explore these concepts further, please watch the following animation about the benefits of placements in aged care settings:
To summarise, benefits include:
- Increased student knowledge about aged related decline.
- Improved skills of the future workforce to work with older people.
Considerations when hosting students in aged care clinical placements include:
- Ensuring students understand that clinical placements in aged care are a valuable learning experience that allow demonstration of clinical competence.
- Preparing and planning for the placement to ensure that there is adequate depth and breadth of learning experiences.
- Preparing and planning for the placement to ensure that placement supervision models are implemented, and students and supervisors are aware of the expectations of clinical supervision (This is particularly important when interprofessional supervision is utilised and/or when the supervisor does not work full time at/in the aged care setting for example, when they attend the service on an ‘as needed’ basis).
- Ensuring that supervisors have adequate workload adjustment to ensure appropriate supervision is provided.
- Managing student learning and exposure to death and dying.
The Interprofessional Education in Aged Care (IPEAC) tool kit is a useful resource that allows those working in aged care settings to:
- Identify how to ‘get started’ by connecting with tertiary education providers
- Establish an aged care student placement – planning, orientation, learning opportunities
- Evaluate process and placement, and resources to support various health professions
Allied Health Professions of Australia has a resource that outlines the various allied health professional roles and responsibilities in optimising function and independence in older people
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