Arcare is a residential aged care organisation with residences throughout Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. They sought to understand and improve the experience for customers and their families entering and exiting aged care.
Arcare wanted to know how people wanted to feel, and what they wanted to know, during the Aged Care journey so that they could better attract potential residents and care for both residents and their families in the journey.
We set out to understand what the current experience of aged care at Arcare is like, so that Arcare could make decisions and changes grounded in knowing what will meet people’s needs.
We approached our research with deep face-to-face interviews with residents and online research with their loved ones. Our contextual based enquiry working with residents and influences allowed us to understand what it was like to be them and what it felt like to go through the aged care journey with Arcare.
During the synthesis and analysis phase of our research, Huddle hosted an Ideation workshop for senior leaders of Arcare’s management team, where we co-designed possible solutions to the findings we had uncovered. This session was invaluable to support the Arcare team in understanding and implementing the research within their organisation.
We discovered the aged care journey can be lonely, it’s a journey of shared grief, and that love fuels that journey. We also discovered the loved ones of the residents were not only supporting them through the experience, but they too were customers of Arcare, for the entire experience. This insight created a new journey of two experiences parallel to each other within the research, not just the resident journey with elements of the families experience. The experience of the families needed to be supported by Arcare, just as much as the experience of the resident in entering and exiting aged care.
Ageing, seeking care and death are universal experiences and every particular experience of those is unique. Clients and their families bring their entire lives to this journey. Their life experience, their cultural context, their family dynamics, their spirituality and their beliefs all shape their individual journey.
Our research helped Arcare understand what deep needs and drivers people coming into aged care have, and how they could be applied broadly across their customers. The tools we created have helped Arcare leaders and staff at all levels make changes and decisions that really deliver care and peace of mind in every action and interaction.
The work enabled Arcare to proactively create great experiences for older Australians and their families to support them at a challenging time in their lives.
Based on the deep face-to-face and online research with families and residents we developed a suite of tools to help Arcare people at all levels connect with the research in meaningful ways. The tools included:
Together, these tools and insights help Arcare create better experiences and care for some of the most frail and vulnerable in our society.
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