Nurse-led home care approach from the Netherlands spreads internationally

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Australian Ageing Agenda spoke to Jos de Blok, the founder and director of Buurtzorg Nederland, the not-for-profit organisation which developed the new model, ahead of his keynote address to the Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) National Congress in October.

“The model is much more focused on self-support and working with high qualified nurses that have skills in coaching and supporting patients to do the things that they are able to do themselves,” Mr de Blok told the publication.

Under the model, small teams of up to 12 nurses work in close collaboration with patients, doctors, allied health professionals and informal community networks to support the patient.

While the costs per hour are higher from employing registered nurses, savings are made through lower overhead costs and a reduction in the overall number of care hours required per client.

Read the full article on the Australian Ageing Agenda website.

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