Common ELDAC Clinical Tools
Documenting clinical care in a standardised way ensures the multidisciplinary healthcare team have common benchmarks to identify critical points along the journey and to monitor progress. Clinical tools assist in reliable assessment and interpretation of clinical information; supporting the decision-making process.
Ensuring consistency across the ELDAC project, the toolkit developers have identified twelve clinical tools which are common to most. Consistency in the use of clinical tools across settings, as recommended by ELDAC, decreases complexity and variation for health and aged care teams; regardless of where they are caring for the older person be it in home care, primary care or in a residential aged care home.
Recognise End of Life
||Home Care Toolkit
||Primary Care Toolkit
||Residential Aged Care Toolkit
|Supportive and Palliative Care Indicator Tool (SPICT)
*Requires free registration for access
|Facilitate timely identification of a person in need of palliative care.
Assess Palliative Care Needs
Criteria used to select the clinical tools
- Ability to be applied in the Australian context;
- Designed and validated for use with older people;
- Useful clinically;
- Avoiding tools requiring a paid subscription – noting that some clinical tools will require a one off free registration;
- Intuitive to use by the relevant care providers across the aged care sector;
- Recommended by a peak body (for example, included within a health pathway); and
Where organisations already recommend a set of preferred clinical tools, the ELDAC common clinical tools should be seen as complementing these.