Person-Directed Care

Person-Directed Care
16 Feb 2014

“Culture change” is a name given to a national movement for the transformation of older adult services. Other terms used to describe this movement are “relationship-centered”, “resident-directed”, or “resident centered”. At The Middletown Home we use person-directed to describe the values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are heard and respected.

According to the Pioneer Network, core person-directed values are:

  • Choice
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Self-determination and
  • Purposeful living

Person-directed Care is all about relationship – relationship with our residents, our families, and our staff. This means having consistent staff caring for residents, in order to really get to know their preferences and routines.

We encourage our residents to make choices. Even simple choices, helps our elders:

  • Improve their level of alertness
  • Be involved in their care and activities
  • Maintain brain function
  • Maintain physical abilities
  • Reduce sadness
  • Improve quality of life

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