Patient-Centered Care

The schizophrenia of patient-centered care

The schizophrenia of patient-centered care

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Is it me or sometimes do the wide interpretations within the State Operations Manual (the dreaded "RED book") make you want to question your entire existence? I mean, we've been working so diligently toward Culture Change and the true meaning of person-centered care. Nationally, I thought we were making headway. But nooooooo.

Also in the news for May 14, 2014 . . .

LTC nurses report high emotional and physical burden in end-of-life care for dementia residents ... Medicare paying $2 billion annually on 'wasteful' services ... Clinicians strategies for patient-centered care identified

I finally visit a Green House (and it blows my mind!)

I finally visit a Green House (and it blows my mind!)

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In my last post, I discussed culture change and its positive impact on the mental health of the residents, particularly at Eden Alternative facilities. I recently also had the opportunity to tour a Green House, which I'd heard about but had never seen. I found this model turned everything I'd known about nursing homes upside down.

Nursing home residents appreciate caring staff, but workers could do a better job honoring resident wishes, survey finds

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Caring staff members who form close relationships with residents are a strength of long-term care facilities, but workers could more consistently honor residents' choices and privacy, according to recently released focus group data.

Paying so docs communicate better

Paying so docs communicate better

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So I was reading this article in a publication related to improving patient-centered care. It stressed that essential to delivering that type of care would be physician/patient-centered communication skills.