Person Direct Care in Comparison to Institutional Care

Person Direct Care meets the unique needs of individuals confronting Alzheimer’s/Dementia, as well as those of their loved ones. Person Direct Care practicing the Eden Alternative Philosophy is the method which develops strong, open, and transparent relationships for all concerned and provides individualized care. Standard institutional care approaches its delivery of care by strict adherence to processes, schedules, staff needs and relentless organizational rules and red tape.

Many institutions are a form of what has been termed in the industry as ‘warehousing.’ Institutions have a difficult time maintaining control of their “patients” care. This lack of individualized attention can cause their patients to experience: • Premature Loss of Mental Capacity • Physical Degradation • Malnutrition: Poorly Prepared Meals • Dehydration: Lack of Attention • Over Sedation • “Lock and Key” Syndrome • Extreme Boredom • Abuse: Staff-to-Resident/ Resident-to-Resident • Neglect from constant changes in Management and Staff • Lack of Long-term, Loving Relationships. Possible Outcome: Loss of self and the potential of early passing. In contrast to institutional care, Person Direct Care: • Aims to see the person with dementia as an individual, rather than focusing on their illness or on abilities they may have lost • Treats the whole person instead of a collection of symptoms and behaviors • Takes into account resident’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs • Is focused on treating residents with dignity and respect Outcome: Dignified Quality End of Life By employing a highly trained and monitored staff coupled with a high staff to resident ratio, our primary focus is to uphold the dignity and respect of our residents NOT patients. We find that the combined efforts between residents, family members and caregiving staff are essential to both our residents’ and their loved one’s autonomy and life quality. What type of care suits your loved one best?

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Becky Grindle, Owner/President of Aging Alternatives and can be reached at 412-387-6001 or beckyg@agingalternatives.com. Visit their website at www.agingalternatives.com/pittsburgh