What is Person-Centered Care?
While the name is somewhat self-explanatory, it does have a deeper meaning as a whole, and to our senior retirement residence specifically.
The philosophy of this kind of care is that the person being cared for is an active participant in their plan of care. Their desires, goals, and ambitions are all part of the major factors considered in maintaining their health. A person-centered approach to care is one that takes a more wholistic approach, the receiver of care isn’t reduced to simple factors like blood-pressure, weight, pills to be administered, etc. It’s about focusing on emotional and social well-being in tandem with the usual physical and mental well-being.
What Person-Centered Care Looks Like in a Senior Retirement Residence
Depending on the community you live in, it could mean a lot of things, but here are some ways it could be implemented:
- Planning activities for residents based on what they’ve shown interest in. A lot of senior retirement communities have a day where they have live music for the residents. This is partially because studies have shown the benefits of music for older adults, but also because they love it! Live music is always a popular option.
- Staff making a point of getting to know the people that they interact with personally. This connection is important for both the resident’s happiness and for the success of person-centered care.
How Does Our Senior Retirement Community Practice Person-Centered Care?
Besides our values of maintaining a balanced lifestyle and active community involvement for our seniors, we also maintain a robust calendar of activities for our residents. Even during the current COVID-19 outbreak in the world at large, we still have our music days! Though it looks a little different than it usually would with music and entertainment via video performances and our residents keeping their social distance while enjoying themselves.
We’ve also made a point lately of connecting our residents with family and friends over Skype so they can safely stay in touch with their loved ones.