Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care The entire field of long-term care is under tremendous pressure to change. Traditional environmental approaches based on staff-centric or medical models are no longer considered appropriate in long-term care settings. The new emphasis is on person-centered or self-directed care. This is reflected in settings where people can live comfortably and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2009
Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care
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  • Margaret P. Calkins
    IDEAS, Inc., Kirkland, OH
  • Jennifer Brush
    IDEAS Institute, Kirkland, OH
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Healthcare Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2009
Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2009, Vol. 14, 37-41. doi:10.1044/gero14.2.37
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2009, Vol. 14, 37-41. doi:10.1044/gero14.2.37
Abstract

The entire field of long-term care is under tremendous pressure to change. Traditional environmental approaches based on staff-centric or medical models are no longer considered appropriate in long-term care settings. The new emphasis is on person-centered or self-directed care. This is reflected in settings where people can live comfortably and feel at home, as opposed to feeling like they are in a hospital. Increasingly, nursing homes are working to be more like assisted living facilities, which emphasize privacy, dignity, and choice. These changes affect all aspects of care from structure of governance to staff training to management structure and facility design. This article will cover the issues and the possible solutions to ensuring that long-term care living is more like a home than a hospital.

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