Economic Evaluation of Intergenerational Care Project: Final Report

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Moretto, Nicole
Comans, Tracy
Harris, Paul
Vecchio, Nerina
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Background: To address the rising demand for formal care services, there is a growing need for high quality and cost-effective care options for older adults and children living in Australia. Intergenerational programs are an alternative model of care in which older adults and children are engaged in regular purposeful activities in a shared community setting. These programs are designed to provide psychological and behavioural benefits for participants over traditional care programs. Several evaluation studies have reported outcomes of programs directed at either older adults or children. However, there is a lack of economic evaluations of intergenerational care programs that report the costs and outcomes for all participants. With the growing interest in intergenerational care programs, it is important to establish the value for money of these care programs. The economic evaluation of intergenerational care programs is important to policy makers and relevant stakeholders by providing evidence to support and guide investment and disinvestment decisions related to care services.
Objectives: The objective of this report is to provide an economic evaluation of an intergenerational care program. The economic evaluation examines the incremental costs and outcomes of implementing an intergenerational program, compared to the status quo.
Overview of the project: The Intergenerational Care project is a grant-funded project funded by Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) and was conducted by investigators from Griffith University. The intergenerational care program implemented in this project was defined as program involving the care of older adults and children in a shared setting under the supervision of a formally trained caregiver. The project was designed to evaluate two models of care: visiting campus model and shared campus model. Under the visiting campus model, aged care and child care centres are located separately and either children or older people are transported to one of the centres. Under the shared campus model, aged day care and child day care centres are co-located on the same site with shared infrastructure and facilities. The intergenerational care programs were conducted. Both older adults and child participants engaged in supervised, shared learning activities in a common activity space weekly for 16 weeks.
Description of the economic evaluation: The overall goal of the economic evaluation is to provide information that assists decision makers determine if an intergenerational care program is worthwhile funding compared to a stand-alone child care and respite care programs. This economic analysis provides analytical rigor to help stakeholders determine the value for money and assist in their decisions of this models of care services. This economic evaluation considers the impact of changing staff ratios and qualification requirements, in accordance with Australian regulations. The selection of measures and the design of the economic evaluation have been reported previously.

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Vecchio, N; Moretto, N; Comans, T; Harris, P, Economic Evaluation of Intergenerational Care Project: Final Report., 2019