Proposal - Geron501.docx - 1 Culture Change A Shift to Person-Centered Care Culture Change A Shift to Person-Centered Care Emma Wilson Kansas State

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1 Culture Change: A Shift to Person-Centered Care Wilson Culture Change: A Shift to Person-Centered Care Emma Wilson Kansas State University
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2 Culture Change: A Shift to Person-Centered Care Wilson What is person centered care? Before deciding the best ways to implement cultural changes in long-term care facilities, it is important to first have a good understanding of what person-centered care really is. Person- centered care is defined by the way that people using health services are treated and when they are considered to be equal partners in the planning and organizing of care, person-centered care is considered to have been achieved (“Person-centered”). The world “equal” in the sentence above in the key factor in implementing this type of care. Telling an individual the plan for their care so they are informed, rather than forming the plan with their input and feelings taken into consideration, does not fulfill the concept of person-centered care. Implementation of person-centered care I will now recommend four changes that can be made in order to implement person- centered care. First, we must recognize that the resident’s points of view are very different than the employees. As employees, it is easy to view this type of work similar to working in a hospital environment. However, for most residents this is their home, not a temporary space they are staying until their health is restored. Taking this into account, one way to create the sense of home is to have employees dress in a business casual-like uniform rather than in scrubs. For me personally, the first thing that comes to mind when I see scrubs is sickness, or a sterile, hospital environment. If a new attire were implemented, it may help achieve the feeling of home rather than an institution or hospital. Second, the implementation of a more in-depth training system before a hands-on patient care employee is hired may decrease the level of turnover an organization has. If the training is time-consuming and clearly states the expectations/challenges of the job, this may
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