This post originally appeared in our blog in late July, it’s been tweaked to add info and a link to a recent, well written article in McKnight’s.
You may notice MasterCare writing in our blogs and posting in social media ALOT about #Transformation.
We feel it describes fairly accurately where the Elder Care industry is and growing toward. For MasterCare as a company it describes our growth as a company.
Does it seem odd to anyone else that it takes a movement to put the person at the center of the care they receive? ? Nice to see that so many people brighter and more talented than me also thought so, and are affecting real #Transformation at the care community level when it comes to putting the resident at the center of care. Hats off and two thumbs way way up for those (including: Sharon Belovarac, Jana Scavona and Steven Walkingstick) that are leading, getting on board and embracing this Cultural Transformation.
This post from January 2015 is a good one to revisit in light of the trios of authors above, and their insightful article in McKnight’s on Resident Centered Care . Of course it also ties in nicely with MasterCare’s continued focus on #Transformation.
The latest Caring for the Ages issue’s top story offers insight into an interesting topic regarding “Pleasure Panels”. The article mentions a New York Times editorial (Sept 20, 2014) by Jason Karlawish, MD titled “Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry”. Dr. Karlawish, who will be the Keynote speaker at the AMDA annual conference in March (“How are we going to Live with Alzheimer’s Disease”), mentions that this issue is a “significant” one for Long Term Care practitioners because they “are on the front line with patients who face multiple risks while considering the lingering question of how much time they have left.”
Of his examples regarding patients with advanced dementia, he notes that Caregivers can benefit from asking the question to the individual (or the family) “What’s a typical day for you?” Listening to that response can help find ways to free more time for activities that are enjoyable. Dr. Karlawish goes on to say “When individuals have dementia their lives, their very selves are constructed by the people around them…. that is a tremendous moral responsibility.”… “This is a god way to focus on what is pleasant for the patient.”
Having the family’s or patient’s perspective gives the caregiver (or practitioner) a common understanding from which they can make a care plan for the patient.
Dr. Karlawish noted long term care practitioners are key in creating and perpetuating “pleasure panels” for their patients. “…they are on the front lines of caring for … the most vulnerable in our society.”
The article is a good read and reminder for all of us involved in the care of those vulnerable ones and the responsibility we have to transform their lives (however long that is) with pleasant, safe, enjoyable experiences. (MasterCare designs, builds and markets specialty spa tubs that #Transform hygiene. — will you take a minute to visit us and give us your thoughts on whether or not these Elder and resident care spas can in a small way transform hygiene at communities?)
Thanks for taking the time,