Person-Centered Care

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

womanWhen it comes to your loved one, you know that substandard care will not do. At Maple Manor Christian Home we pride ourselves on providing the utmost professional, compassionate, and respectful care. Watching your loved one– especially a parent as they age– can be difficult. Oftentimes it takes just one major health issue to put an older adult’s independence in jeopardy. Peace of mind comes with knowing they are in a safe environment and are being well cared for.

Person-centered care offers residents individualized consideration when it comes to their desires, values, family situations, social circumstances, and lifestyles; it’s about seeing the person as an individual and working together to develop appropriate solutions. While the approach has a myriad of benefits, according to the Leading Age, the concept is still emerging. Only 13% of U.S. nursing homes have comprehensively adopted culture change, and 74% of homes have partially implemented the approach. According to Guideway Care, person-centered care has a foundation base of the following key principles, making it an ideal choice when deciding on the care needs for your loved one.

  • ♥ Respect for patient values, preferences, and needs
  • ♥ Coordination and integration of care
  • ♥ Information and education
  • ♥ Physical comfort
  • ♥ Emotional support and alleviation of fear
  • ♥ Involvement of family and friends
  • ♥ Continuity and transition
  • ♥ Access to care

Our residents are like family

At Maple Manor Christian Home, our residents have access to many types of services through our contracts with various health care providers. Those services include physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed. In cases of emergency, Baptist Floyd Memorial Hospital is near and accepts our residents when those services are needed.

Safety and security you can count on

Maple Manor's beds are open to anyone in our churches and our community as they are available. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, color, nationality, etc. We admit anyone who needs our care and whose needs we are able to meet.

We are fully staffed with licensed nurses on duty 24 hours a day.

Patient-centered care is a great model to involve your loved one in their own care as much as possible. Maple Manor Christian Home is a skilled nursing facility, certified by the Indiana State Department of Health. Our mission is to provide outstanding care for all of our residents by being compassionate, affectionate, respectful, and enthusiastic. We welcome family and friends and encourage them to visit frequently. Call us at (812) 246-4866 with any questions and to schedule a tour. Please also visit our website for more information.

Sources: https://healthinnovationnetwork.com/system/ckeditor_assets/attachments/41/what_is_person-centred_care_and_why_is_it_important.pdf

Simple things

Life is NEVER simple! Sometimes a person becomes so discouraged they feel the need for an antidepressant to function at a higher level. They ask the doctor for help.

Sometimes the doctor prescribes an antidepressant that contains SSRI (Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors). At a recent medical conference*, it was reported that SSRIs have been found to "decrease Rapid Eye Movement (REMs) in elderly patients" and cause other sleep disorders. 

In the past doctors looked at other side effects of antidepressants, such as weight gain, but now they believe that for elderly patients it is important to consider the sleep disruptions caused. When the body is agitated during sleep, it can be a sign of neurodegeneration, which is associated with dementia.

The study led to the suggestion that doctors take a holistic care approach to helping the elderly when they are discouraged or depressed. 

Holistic approaches to encourage a patient include activities in these areas:

  • Physical self-care
  • Spiritual self-care
  • Mental/Emotional self-care
  • Lifestyle
  • People support

For your loved one in a retirement or nursing home, talk with the nurses and aides to find out if they are getting exercise that helps them to breathe and if they are getting the water they need. This varies from patient to patient.

Many suggestions for holistic solutions are made on this webpage, some which are not helpful to older people.

Keeping a room fresh with new pictures of family and flowers can help. Let's brainstorm together for ideas!

* The study was presented at the Institute of Psychiatric Services (IPS): The Mental Health Services 2016 Conference.