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

Helping Your Loved One with a “Care Transition”

care transitionsMoving anywhere can be difficult, and this type of change may be particularly so for our beloved elderly facing some level of senior care. Whether it’s a transition to assisted living or a higher level of nursing care, older adults face varying degrees of adjustment. Maple Manor Christian Home shares details below about challenges your senior loved one may face during a move, and how you can help them with the transition.

Challenges of moving to a care facility

When seniors move to assisted living or nursing care, they’ll experience a number of changes that may affect their emotions and moods. While not all seniors have troubles adjusting to living in a care facility, recognizing their challenges can help those around them gain a level of empathy and understanding of how to help them transition through this time. Our new residents may feel:

  • ♥ Sadness about losing their home, household possessions, and neighborhood friends
  • ♥ Disorientation from living in a new place and dealing with new people, including residents and staff
  • ♥ Resentment about their loss of independence
  • ♥ Difficulty in adjusting to new routines, like meal schedules
  • ♥ Feelings of abandonment

It’s common for seniors to work through these initial feelings and come to realize that some many aspects of care facilities are actually valuable. They come to recognize the benefit of having others do their housekeeping and meal preparation. Feelings of abandonment turn into gratitude with the understanding that family members were looking out for their best interests.

How to ease the transition

A key to helping relocating seniors is to provide positive reassurance about the move, emphasizing this is a new chapter in their lives that will allow them to live safely and thrive in a community. Below are some tips on how family members can help with this transition.

  • Visit the care facility before the move takes place. After selecting a senior community, take your loved one there before the move for meals or events so they become familiar with the layout, residents, and staff.
  • Remember the need for independence. While visiting often especially in the first days and weeks of the transition are reassuring, being overprotective can be counter-productive.
  • Make their new living space feel like home. Bring photos and other personal items from home. Set up the bedroom, living space, and kitchen like it was at home.
  • Acknowledge negative feelings. Be prepared for your loved one to criticize things about their new home. They may say they want to go home. Do not hastily dismiss negative comments. Acknowledging these feelings will allow them to know you understand and care. Listening and providing comfort is powerful. Redirect at an appropriate time with a suggestion like, “Let’s go for a cup of coffee.”
  • Encourage your loved one to get involved in activities and stay active. Review the social calendars with them. Ask what they may be interested in trying. Attend an exercise class with them. Some care centers even have volunteer opportunities.
  • Seek assistance and suggestions from staff. You and your family are advocates for your loved one, but this transition may be equally confusing for you. Don’t hesitate to talk to staff about all of your questions. Most care facilities have social workers on-site that can help you as well.

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.

Sources: https://careconversations.org/transition-care | https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/improvement-initiatives/care-transitions/index.html | https://www.assistedliving.com/helping-elderly-aging-parents-adjust-senior-living-01112013/

Conversations You Need to Have

talking with momWe know that having conversations about end-of-life care can be challenging. At the same time, it is better to have these discussions with the people we love at the kitchen table — when we are calm, rational, and in control -- rather than in the ICU when it may be too late. Conversations allow family members to understand what matters most to your loved ones. Advanced care planning ensures that the wishes of our loved ones are expressed in writing and respected, which makes it easier for all involved when the time comes.

A few facts

According to The Conversation Project National Survey (2018), while 92% of people believe that talking about end-of-life planning is important, only 32% have actually done so. This means that nearly 70% of us are leaving our end-of-life decisions in someone else’s hands… a medical professional in the event of an emergency, or family members that may disagree.

The good news is that taking the initiative to begin these conversations can be easier and better than you imagined. A full 95% of the survey respondents said they would be willing to talk about their end-of-life wishes, and over 50% said they’d be relieved if a loved one initiated the conversation. It is especially important for families dealing with dementia to make these decisions early if possible.

Which legal documents do we need?

To make your healthcare decisions officially known, or those of your loved one, you will need two basic documents. The first is durable power of attorney for healthcare. This involves appointing someone to be your healthcare decision-maker (healthcare power of attorney). There is no requirement that this is the oldest child, or even a family member. It should be someone you trust to carry out your wishes. By completing this form, you are granting this person the authority to make healthcare decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so.

The second document you need is a living will, which is also known as an advanced directive. In this document you state your wishes regarding end-of-life medical care. These forms differ by state and should be available either in hard copy or online through your state’s health department, your healthcare provider, or a lawyer.

Maple Manor Christian Home (MMCH)

Compassionate, Affectionate, Respectful and Enthusiastic. MMCH is a retirement home and nursing home in Sellersburg, IN whose mission is to provide outstanding care and a home-like environment for our residents. We provide meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping services, activities, medication administration, skilled therapy and assistance with daily living. We hold church services on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Call us at (812) 246-4866 with any questions or to arrange a tour. Visit our website for more information.

Sources: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2018/02/28/the-healthcare-conversation-you-need-to-have-now/#2eaddb603a35 | https://www.nhdd.org/public-resources#where-can-i-get-an-advance-directive | Image by silviarita on Pixabay