Supporting Kentucky’s Elders and Families with Person-Centered Care

Stocksy_txp19ea069bfvi000_Original_402567_cmykThanks to advances in medicine, healthcare and disease prevention, Americans are living longer than ever before. Elders are now enjoying a higher quality of life and reaping the rewards of retirement. Some organizations, however, are sounding the warning of an ensuing crisis period, when the volume of seniors requiring long-term care will outnumber the currently available resources.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the senior population is expected to nearly double between 2012 and 2050, from 43.1 million to 83.7 million. The United States Department of Health and Human Services reports that 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will require long-term care.

Families for Better Care released a 2013 ranking of nursing home quality in all 50 states, according to eight federal measures. The non-profit advocacy group gave Kentucky a “D”, on a grading scale of A to F. Overall, our state ranked number 40 in nursing home care.

When Kentucky’s then-governor, Steve Beshear, heard about the dismal findings in a letter from the advocacy group, Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, he created a series of 31 regional forums that gathered data from more than 750 individuals that was then used to guide the state’s policy makers.

The number-one recommendation delivered in the final report by the Department for Aging and Independent Living emphasized the importance of person-centered care:

Person-centered care should recognize the wants, needs and desires of the individual with regard to when and how care is given, as well as provide an environment that gives options for age appropriate activities and amenities.

Leading the Way in Person-Centered Care

According to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2024, Personal Care and Service Occupations are projected to be one of the fastest growing segments of employment. Primarily, Kentucky’s aging population and the increasing demand for long-term care resources are driving these numbers.

Lexington Web RenderingProvision Living at Beaumont Centre is leading the way in person-centered care by building a community based on the principles of The Eden Alternative®, an internationally-recognized organization that founded the concept of person-directed care, an approach that fits the care to the person, rather than asking the person to change to fit the care.

Based on the Eden principles, we support elders in living healthy, happy, purposeful lives that include strong relationships and bonds of trust.

Our goal is to enable experiences that match the interests and desires of our elders, and we tailor our opportunities to engage in activities based on what elders tell us, and our understanding of their capabilities and preferences.

Eliminating Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom

Our team members serve our elders as “Care Partners” and are educated and trained around the belief that care means to help someone to grow. Care is based on a person-directed approach that puts the Fifty Foot Media © (33 of 108)person first. Care partner teams work collaboratively to create opportunities for radiant living by eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

All members of Provision Living’s management team are trained and experienced in working in person-directed care environments, and all are Certified Eden Alternative Associates.

This underlying philosophy prepares our community to meet the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias in a resilient, flexible and highly responsive manner. To learn more about person-directed care and the philosophy that is guiding the growth of our team, go to www.edenalt.org.

Provision Living at Beaumont Centre is located at 1165 Monarch Street and is slated to open in Spring of 2017. For more information about our unique approach to memory care, please visit our website, or call us at 859-687-6587.

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