The Fundamentals of Care Framework

The Fundamentals of Care Framework (2013)

Much of the ILC’s work is underpinned and supported by the Fundamentals of Care Framework.

The Framework outlines what is involved in the delivery of safe, effective, high-quality fundamental care. It emphasises the importance of nurses and other healthcare professionals developing trusting therapeutic relationships with care recipients and their families/carers. It also emphasises the need to integrate people’s different fundamental needs; namely their physical (e.g., nutrition, mobility) and psychosocial needs (e.g., communication, privacy, dignity), which are mediated through the care provider’s relational actions (e.g., active listening, being empathic). The Framework also outlines that the context in which care is taking place must support care providers to develop relationships and integrate the needs of those they are providing care for.

The Framework was created from the expertise and experience of ILC members. The Framework has continued to stand as the ILC’s position paper, and has been used in subsequent research and education activities by ILC members. The ILC continues to refine and improve the Framework to ensure it meets the needs of clinicians, educators and researchers worldwide.

A copy of the Framework, published by The University of Adelaide, can be found here: The Fundamentals of Care Framework