“Person-Centered Care”, what does that mean?
Person-centered means that all of the care comes from knowing the care recipient well.
• Is the person an early riser or like to sleep in?
• Does the person like to take a nap – and if so, on the couch or in bed?
• If a man, do they like the feel of a straight razor or electric?
• What kinds of personal products have they used all of their lives? I know my mother always used LUX soap – most people don’t even know that soap – but for my Mom LUX is important. So whether it is soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream – whatever the product – person-centered care means using that person’s favorite product.
• What kind of music does the person like?
• Does the person like sports – what is their favorite team – are they one of those die hard Cub fans. Do I take the time to see when their team is playing and make sure the TV is on for them?
Knowing all of these things about the person you care for and helping them live their life as closely to when they were self-care, this is person-centered care.
It might be the latest “buzz words” but it is just the same good old fashion care given by people who really know the person they are caring for.
See: www.pleasegettoknowme.com for person-centered care for the family.