As the articles note, the Department of Health and Family Services as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have endorsed person-directed care, which can be achieved through culture change.
Person-directed care can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, bathing is very important to all of us. We associate bathing with comfort and calmness. Making the bathing routine more pleasurable can add to our quality of life. This can be accomplished by allowing each resident the opportunity to choose when they will be bathed. Some of us enjoy morning bathing while others prefer evening bathing. Also, the day of the week may be important as well. These seemingly insignificant personal preferences can have a great impact on quality of life.
You might consider changing the bathing area as well. Consider changing the wall color, adding soft lighting, music, and additional heating to make the bathing space more inviting. You may even want to consider designating one or two individuals as the bathing team to provide continuity. Regardless of the steps you decide to take, to make bathing special for each resident, include the residents in this change process.
Please attend the 5th Eden Alternative International Conference this June in Denver to learn more about the changes being made across the country and internationally to change the culture of aging.
– Dr. Cheryl Kruschke, RN, Assistant Professor at Regis University