Many of the ideas presented here echo my own experience of my husband’s care in Phoenix, Arizona. The staff and facility met all the criteria mentioned here and I strongly believe that this is the right way to go.
Mary Schulz of the Alzheimer Society of Canada reminded us all that “70% of all diagnosed with dementia will die in a nursing home.” This gave great purpose to a morning-long plenary session on person-centred care at long-term care facilities (LTC). I share the following with you so that you know what standard of care you are looking for if you need to choose a facility.
Fostering social inclusion is a major underlying theme. Peter Whitehouse suggested setting up “a pub in every LTC facility,” [or at least an equivalent atmosphere] by way of giving a quick snapshot of the concepts listed below.
Liz Drance of Parkview and Assoc Prof of Psych at UBC cited the work of Tom Kitwood, who has written on a personhood-honouring approach. One main tenet is that interactions in a care environment can either support or interfere with personhood. On the supportive side:
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