The Elderwise Way
Happy to be together…naturally. The consistent, compassionate, and welcoming rhythm of activities at Elderwise contributes to the joy and camaraderie of being together.
In recent years, the concept of person-centered care has been considered the gold standard in the long-term care industry. This is a huge improvement over body-centered care which focused only on the physical needs of a person – their need to be bathed, fed and medically treated. It also represented an important evolution from the earlier approach of facility-centered care, which prioritized organizational needs and staff schedules over the needs of people.
Person-centered care considers the individual and his or her preferences. It considers when someone might want to get up, what they might like for breakfast and even whether they want to eat breakfast at all. In addition, persons are given choices regarding their lifestyle, activities and social opportunities. This represents important progress in allowing for and acknowledging who a person is and recognizing the continuity of their life.
The next step in the evolution of how the long-term care industry interacts with people is Spirit-centered care, which represents the core of Elderwise programming and informs our moment to moment interactions with people. Spirit-centered care goes deeper towards the essence of who a person really is. At Elderwise, we acknowledge and honor the wholeness of all individuals, addressing what endures in spite of physical or cognitive changes and nurturing joy, meaning, and connection.