Assignment 3: Case study
Task description The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to:
• apply your understanding of aged care service models to a specific case study (ILO4); and
• discuss aged and dementia care service system models (ILO 1).
You will also show your ability to:
• communicate relevant information using appropriate academic writing skills and conventions (ILO5); and may possibly
• discuss perspectives of consumers towards aged and dementia care services (ILO2), though this is not a key focus.
These are all intended learning objectives of the unit.
You will do this by writing an essay about the information in the case study. In the essay you will identify and explain the risks and issues within the case study, and then apply your knowledge of the services available to people living with dementia to help address these identified risks and issues.
This will be done using the case study of Millicent Rathbone.
Preparation:
• Read the case study of Millicent Rathbone. As you read through this case study, make a note of any issues and risks (actual or potential) that you identify.
• Select the service you wish to discuss in your assignment – Alzheimer’s Australia (AA) OR Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). (Note that in Victoria this is called the Aged Care Assessment Service).
• Research the service using the AA or ACAT websites and other resources. DO NOT contact either service directly.
• Research appropriate literature to support your work on the UTAS Library website.
Questions:
The following issues should be addressed within your essay:
1. What are the main issues and risks in this case study? Explain why these may impact people with dementia and/or their family? Support your discussion with scholarly literature.
2. What can your chosen service (either AA or ACAT) provide to help Millicent and her family address these issues and risks? Give reasons as to why these services are required and how they can help.
3. If AA or ACAT cannot meet a particular need, which other services might they refer Millicent and her family to? Give reasons as to why these services are required and how they can help.
Writing your assignment:
Main points:
• Always write an introduction and conclusion
• Do not write in the first person
• Write complete sentences and avoid using bullet points
• Paraphrase information you find – avoid direct quotes
• Always provide an in-text citation for all pieces of information you introduce, whether scholarly (for example, when talking about risks and issues or the possible benefits of a service) or websites (ONLY for when talking about a service provider).
After you have got a handle on the ideas and research, write an essay plan, setting out what each paragraph will contain. This will help you form your essay into a logical structure and avoid repetition of information.
The lectures in Module 2: Part 1 (Week 4) are from the Academic Skills Development series:
(1) Essay Writing – Structure
(2) Essay Writing – Style
These lectures will help you when you are planning Assignment 3. You can access these lectures through the module guides. Additional information about essay writing is also available in the Assignment 3 section under Contents in MyLO.
Task length 1200 words.
Please note that going over the word limit by more than 10% (so in this case, more than 120 words) incurs a penalty. Please see your Unit Outline for further details.
Links to unit’s intended learning outcomes 1, 2, 4 and 5
Assessment criteria 1. Discuss the issues in the case study.
2. Explain why the risk factors in the case study can affect people with dementia and their family members.
3. Describe services that may help to address these risks and issues
4. Support work using scholarly research literature.
5. Use appropriate academic writing style and structure and correct grammar and spelling.
6. Use APA6 referencing style to reference in accordance with academic conventions.
Submission requirements Please submit your completed task as a word document to the Assignment 3 dropbox in
Contribution to final assessment 45%
Date due

Case study – Millicent Rathbone
Millicent Rathbone is 76 years old. She lived with her female partner Elizabeth for 43 years, until Elizabeth’s death from cancer six years ago. Three years ago, Millicent had a series of transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs). Before this time, her family describe Millicent as a gentle-natured woman who frequently travelled around her home state playing bridge. After the TIAs, her family noticed that she was having difficulty finding words when engaging in conversation and was finding it hard to concentrate when playing bridge, which she had to give up along with the travel. Millicent’s GP diagnosed her with vascular dementia. Millicent also has Type 2 diabetes for which she is on medication.
Millicent is currently being cared for by her younger sister Judith. Judith has some support from Millicent’s niece who lives in another town some distance away but visits on most weekends. Judith moved in with Millicent three years ago when Millicent started forgetting to take her diabetes medication, and had several hospitalisations as a result.
Millicent’s niece and Judith report that Millicent’s behaviour has changed in the last year or so. Millicent is becoming irritable and on several occasions has been verbally abusive towards Judith, which Judith finds distressing. Judith has described Millicent’s mood swings as being the worst in the evening and she has been woken in the night by hearing Millicent moving around. Millicent’s irritability extends to her taking her prescribed medication. At times Millicent refuses to take her medication for her diabetes, which is increasing her diabetes symptoms.
Millicent sustained a small wound to her left lower leg when she bumped it on a coffee table in the lounge room. Judith has been putting dressings of gauze on the wound, but she reports that after nearly three weeks it does not seem to be getting any better and she would like a health professional to give her some advice about the best way to look after it.
Millicent has also had trouble finding the toilet. On several occasions, Millicent has used a flower pot in the backyard to urinate. On occasion, Millicent has also wet her clothing. This problem is increased by Millicent’s frequent need to urinate as a symptom of her worsening diabetes.
Note: Please assume that Millicent lives in the state/territory in which you live.
Victoria Australia

Assessment Task 3: Rubric
Criteria HD DN CR PP NN
Criterion 1
Weight 10%
Discuss the issues in the case study You thoroughly and succinctly discussed all the main issues in the case study. You discussed all the main issues in the case study. You identified most of the issues in the case study AND briefly discussed them. You identified some of the issues in the case study AND briefly discussed them. You did not clearly identify issues in the case study AND/OR did not discuss them.
Criterion 2
Weight 10%
Explain why the risk factors in the case study can affect people with dementia and their family members You comprehensively and clearly explained why all of the main risk factors in the case study can affect people with dementia and/or their family members. You clearly explained why nearly all of the main risk factors in the case study can affect people with dementia and/or their family members. You explained why most of the main risk factors in the case study can affect people with dementia and/or their family members. You clearly identified some risk factors AND provided a basic explanation of why they can affect people with dementia and/or their family members. You did not clearly identify risk factors in the case study
AND/OR
did not explain why the risk factors can affect people with dementia and/or their family members.
Criterion 3
Weight 10%

Support work using scholarly research literature All statements requiring support from scholarly literature were supported by literature that was scholarly, highly relevant and up to date. All statements requiring support from scholarly literature were supported by literature that was scholarly, relevant and often up to date. Most statements requiring support from scholarly literature were supported by literature that was scholarly and often relevant. Some statements requiring support from scholarly literature were supported by literature that was scholarly and somewhat relevant. Very few statements requiring support from scholarly literature were supported with literature,
AND/OR literature cited for these statements was not relevant scholarly literature.
Criterion 4
Weight 55%
Describe services that may help to address these risk factors and issues. You provided a comprehensive and detailed description of relevant services offered by your chosen service provider and other providers that may help to address each of these risks and issues
AND fully explained how they might help to address these risks and issues. You provided a detailed description of relevant services offered by your chosen service provider and other providers that may help to address each of these risks and issues
AND largely explained how they might help to address these risks and issues. You described some relevant services offered by your chosen service provider and possibly other providers that may help to address most of these risks and issues
AND provided some explanation of how they might help to address most of these risks and issues. You described some partially relevant services offered by your chosen service provider and possibly other providers
AND provided some explanation of how these services might help to address some of these risks and issues. You did not describe relevant services offered by your chosen service provider for some of the risks and issues
AND/OR did not explain how these services might help to address these risks and issues.
Criterion 5
Weight 10%

Use appropriate academic writing style and structure
and correct grammar and spelling You used clear, concise academic language throughout
AND
You logically and succinctly structured the content to create a cohesive and coherent piece of work
AND you made almost no errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. You used clear, concise academic language throughout
AND
You logically structured the content to create a cohesive and coherent piece of work
AND you made only minor errors in spelling, punctuation and/or grammar. You used clear academic language throughout
AND
You logically structured the content to create a coherent piece of work
AND you made some errors in spelling, punctuation and/or grammar. You used academic language for most of your submission, though some of it was either informal or overly complex
AND
You partially structured the content to create a comprehensible piece of work with some organisation into paragraphs
AND you made significant errors in spelling, punctuation and/or grammar. You used mostly informal or colloquial language
AND/OR
You did not provide a logical structure and the content showed little or no organisation into paragraphs
AND/OR you made very frequent errors in spelling, punctuation and/or grammar.
Criterion 6
Weight 5%
Use APA6 referencing style to reference in accordance with academic conventions. You accurately and consistently used APA6 referencing style both in the text and the reference list, with no errors or one or two minor errors. You used APA6 referencing style, both in the text and the reference list, with a few minor errors. You used APA6 referencing style, both in the text and the reference list, with some errors. You used APA referencing style, both in the text and the reference list, with significant errors. You occasionally referenced and acknowledged a source of information, with numerous errors,
AND/OR did not use APA referencing style
OR
did not reference.

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