Person-centered care advocates in Rhode Island have got friends in high places!
Rhode Island’s state legislature recently passed sweeping culture change legislation that opens the door to building Green House Project nursing homes and strongly promotes person-centered long term care. A local Public Television program, State TV, produced an eight-part special documenting passage of the legislation and featuring numerous interviews discussing culture change and person-centered care. Below, Jim Ryberg from the RI Association of Services for Aging explains to a reporter the philosophies behind the Green House and Eden Alternative.
In the episode below, Kevin McCay, Executive Director of Tockwotton Home in Rhode Island, talks about his organization’s adoption of culture change as “individualized person-centered care.” McCay summed up his organization’s approach to culture change as:
A philosophy that puts the needs, the interests and the lifestyle choices of the individual resident at the center of their care.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
And what does that mean exactly? Letting people wake up and go to sleep when they want. NEVER waking them up in the middle of the night for routine checkups. Letting them eat meals when they want to and providing real choice. Abolishing the overhead P.A. speakers. McCay drew the analogy of sitting in your living room watching the Red Sox when an overhead P.A. system drowns out the game with the page “Kevin, call on line 1. Kevin, call on line 1.” In an institutional nursing home, this happens all the time. At Tockwotton Home the overhead P.A. has been gone for years. There’s plenty more, check it out:
You can find all eight episodes on Sen. Charles Levesque’s YouTube channel here.
You want Real Care Now? Head to Rhode Island!
H/T to Joe Angellini for sharing these on Facebook.