Panel offers new framework for resident care approach

Chernof: the new definition better considers senior residents’ needs
Chernof: the new definition better considers senior residents’ needs

A panel of eldercare experts convened by the American Geriatrics Society has developed a definition for person-centered care that aims to standardize the approach across senior care settings.

The updated definition stresses the importance of individual values and a collaboration between the patient, family and provider. 

As outlined by the panel, a person-centered approach begins by gathering information about personal preferences. With a comprehensive health and functional assessment, the information can help an individual articulate specific goals for function and future well-being.

“This concept shifts the success vision of healthcare on the things that matter most to people — how they are living every day with complex needs and achieving their personal goals,” said Bruce Chernof, M.D., president and CEO of the SCAN Foundation in a press release. “Person-centered care defines quality and value beyond technical measures of care toward dignity.”

The panel included a research and clinical team from the University of Southern California and support from the SCAN Foundation. Members reviewed literature and interviewed leaders of healthcare and social service organizations that provide person-centered care for seniors.

Full findings appear in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society