bigchris 1 Report Share Posted February 25, 2009 Hello folks, This week I wanted to start a "New way" of thinking. For those of us who have been in the biz for a while, I think that it is safe to say that we sometimes get into a pattern. For instance, I was in a care plan meeting yesterday and I realized that we used to define our residents with a Problem, Goal and Approach. Now, these are not necessarily (sp) "bad" words. However, I was a problem child to my grandparents and that was not a good thing! What I am trying to point out is this... We create an unspoken "feeling" when we use certain terms. You will notice in future posts and the classes; that I am going to use different terms for careplans. We are moving away from terms that shape our residents as burdens to the staff at the nursing home and recognizing thier STRENGHTS as human beings. You may also notice that Goals and Approaches are still used in the careplans. Some people use other terms like intervention, plan, objective, purpose,ability, etc. We will also become more resident specific in the way that we think versus using blanket terms that cover a huge variety of people. This means eliminating phrases such as "resident will attned Bingo 5 times a week". Does the resident enjoy Bingo? How do you know? Why are are they going? What benefit will it have for him/her? Who wants them to attend? We will utilize words for what the resident enjoys doing and what they tell us, either in person or by an extensive information gathering by us. Example: I am a gardener who takes great pride in my vegetable garden. I will maintain the container garden(weather permitting) on the patio each day with assistance from Sally the activity assistant. Doesn't that seem better to you? Think about the picture that we paint with our language. Remember that our written words are in black and white, they have no voice. We need to paint them as positively as we can! Until next time, Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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