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Hey, I haven't been on here for quite sometime but I have come across a dilemma, my DON came to me the other day and asked me to incorporate more person center care. What are your thoughts on Person Centered Care? What do you think it means? And how do you think it should be used with residents?

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Hi Sara,

I think you should go back and ask the DON what she had in mind when she suggested this. Tell her you want to be sure that both of you have the same thing in mind.

I am not sure what she is looking for unless she is think along the the lines of helping res. with say having their nail done, hair fixed things along these lines. ADL care but just more personal attention that maybe her staff can't do but we could to a point in activities. Let us know what you find out. P

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Hey pennie, thanks for the advice. I asked him and long story short....my activities need to integrate love, comfort, attachment, inclusion, occupation, and identity. Does anyone else work in a Person-Centered Care facility? if so, how do you incorporate it into your activities? I guess i am confused as to how this is different than the regular activities i am doing now....

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My facility promotes person-centered care. We define it, however, as normalizing their life to their premorbid pattern. Its got be all about the individual and their lifestyle-meeting their individual needs. I formulate a plan through the activity assessment done upon arrival. I look at what what was their normal routine - everything from what time they got up, what they normally ate for breakfast, to what they did all day and incorporate it into my activity program. For example, I had a resident who was a master woodworker. He did that for a living and he did that for a hobby. When he came to our facility he was in the end-stages of Alzheimer's disease. I really couldn't take him to the woodshop to use the planers and saws, but I did take him to the woodshop to sort and sand wood by hand. Another woman cooked for a church. I had her looking at cookbooks, choosing recipes (the kitchen even made and served some of her suggestions), in all the cooking groups, helping out at mealtimes and helping me to organize a cookbook for family members. It certainly takes some planning and you have to strike a balance with all of the residents you serve. I need the help of our nursing assistants in order to meet each resident's needs. Our nursing assistants carry care cards which list each resident they are responsible for and how their cares should be completed. I have an area on the care card in which I list things they can do with the residents to help acheive person-centered care. I hope this helps! >Vanessa

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Person Centered Care is actually giving the residents more choice. Most often it refers to the ADL care given. But can include Activities. Its all about choices. Listening to what your residents want and incorporating it into your activity program. Asking them what movie they want to watch. Also having more Self Directed activities is very important. Letting fellow resident lead an activity. Taking them out more. I recently had to incorporate all this into my program as well..It was a bugger, but I'm slowly getting there. And the residents are having more fun. Most important thing to remember though is its ALL ABOUT WHAT YOUR RESIDENTS WANT. not what we want them to do. :-D

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