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What is Person-Centered Care?

What is Person-Centered Care?

✔︎ Values each resident’s history
✔︎ Provides a positive environment
✔︎ Relies on you KNOWING each resident’s lifestyle, likes/dislikes, interests, etc.; especially what “ingredients” make them who they are?
✔︎ Depends on you knowing the staff, too!

What is a Person-Centered Environment?

• Good health care
• Emotional, psychological & spiritual care
• Living, active, stimulating & engaging environment
• Embraces choice, independence, friendship, intergenerational relationships, companionship, family relationships, promotion of self-esteem, security and comfort

What are Six Dimensions of Wellness?

1. Physical
2. Emotional
3. Social
4. Intellectual
5. Spiritual
6. Vocational

What does Person-Centered Care Look Like Each Day?

Meeting person-centered needs
Respecting each person’s sense of self
Giving a sense of purpose
Enabling residents to be needed
Creating opportunities for connections with others

Memory may fade but feelings remain

Providing growth through new experiences is necessary…. Life-long learning is an expectation!

Finger Foods

Finger Foods

Some senior living residents, especially in memory care programs, find eating to be a challenge because of their cognitive or physical limitations. Finger foods are a viable alternative.

The variety of foods included in a finger food (appetizer-style) menu is unlimited.

A finger food is any food that can be eaten with dignity and independent pleasure while promoting autonomy and a balanced diet.

Finger foods should provide:

• Nutritional balance
• Variety of tastes and aromas to stimulate appetite
• An appealing presentation

Examples of food items presented as finger food:

Firm vegetables that can be eaten with dignity
✔︎ Cubes or slices of meat or vegetables that are bite-sized, like an appetizer or croquettes
✔︎ Rolled food items
✔︎ Wraps that are not too thick or have too many layers
✔︎ Food on a skewer