Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Experiential Model of Care -- Gathering the Life Story is Step 1

"Nonpharmacological Interventions Key To Model"

"The essential element in making the experiential model work is transforming the mindset of the residence’s staff from a medical/institutional viewpoint to one that prioritizes building meaningful relationships with each resident and partnering with the resident in each caregiving event and activity of the day.

This requires consistent staffing, the elimination of agency staffing, and incorporating meaningful communication between two people—resident and care partner (a term that implies a two-way street in which residents participate in their own care, rather than the term “caregiver,” which implies all the giving occurs on the provider’s side)—who are getting to know and trust each other.

It’s only when the care partner really understands the resident—including history, current views and preferences, spirituality and values, and what tends to trigger anger or unhappiness—and gains the person’s trust that effective, nonpharmacological interventions can take place. All people are more likely to open up about what they’re really feeling to a friend than to a stranger."

Read the whole article from Provider Magazine here....

Learn more about how to gather the life story and how to make sure it is an engaging experience that builds meaningful relationships for older adults in senior care or health care settings.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Improving Mental Health in Long Term Care and Hospitals Using Reminiscence Therapy

Health insurers are increasingly being measured for their ability to improve or maintain #mentalhealth.  With the growth of #accountable care organizations, the five star quality ratings, and the coming together of insurers, hospitals, physician groups, and senior care providers, it is important to note that health insurers have a key measurement from Medicare to improve or maintain mental health of patients.  Organizations that want to meet the needs of health insurers will want to be sure they are keeping this on the radar.  One great way to impact mental health is being using reminiscence therapy.   LifeBio's approach for reminiscence therapy makes it possible to have patients share about their past memories and experiences.  Not only is this good background knowledge (promoting listening between care providers and older adults -- to improve the patient experience), but it is also a great way to increase satisfaction with life, improve cognition, and build self esteem in patients.  Whether it is just a few memory prompting questions or filling out a Life Story Guide (20 questions), using the person's life story to relate better is very effective. 

LifeBio partners with senior care and health care to provide mental health solutions using reminiscence.  Someone's life story is one of the very best way to connect and improve communication and the patient experience.  We have an online way of gathering biographical data or Life Story Journals that can be used to learn more.  Group sessions or one-on-one visits are all possibilities.   Call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576 or email or visit....

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