A Good Day in Long-Term Care: The Resident's Perspective
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(Jan 03, 2013)
Staff working in long term-care need to stop and think: what makes a good day for residents? This is what person-centered care is all about, listening to the voices of the residents and knowing their needs and who they are.
In a series of interviews, residents speak directly to the camera and with great conviction they explain: we want to be involved; we want to feel like we are still useful; we want to be kept busy and as active as possible; and, we don’t want to be left alone in our room. With emotion and gratitude, residents describe what makes them feel good.
Here are some of the things which make a good day: staff making sure they get a drink when they are thirsty; someone knowing their favorite activity and making sure they get there; staff making sure they sit next to someone they like in the dining room; or staff finding a little extra time for a few minutes of conversation. These are just a few of the things residents mention.
Essential for all staff working in long-term care; assisted-living; and adult day care as well as for students in programs training to work with the elderly.
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