Principle Eight of The Eden Alternative basically says that decision-making authority should be in the hands of Elders or those closest to them. We know this results in the best person-directed care for the Elders.
Testimony at a recent public hearing held by the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care supports our view. Experts testified about the importance of direct-care workers in providing quality care and the critical role that they play on interdisciplinary care teams because they are closest to the Elders.
While this revelation isn’t new to us, I’m glad that the people who set public policy and make regulations are hearing about reality. Let’s hope they take it into account as they make recommendations that could shape the future of long term care.