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Care Includes our Emotional Well-Being: The Resident’s Perspective
Video Press was a vanguard when it created its “Resident’s Perspective” genre of programming, finally making the voices of residents heard by those who cared for them. In this DVD, interviewed residents talk about their emotional wellbeing. “We still have feelings,” says one. Another says “I wasn’t sad when I was younger, but now I am.” They talking about loneliness, loss of a spouse, having no where to go, and wanting just to see a smile. They ask not to be considered as a room number or a medical condition. They remind us that aging doesn’t take away the need to be known as a person and the need for emotional connections.
What these residents are sharing with staff is their need for person-centered or individualized care. Inspire staff in your nursing home to offer the highest quality of care by creating a relationship with residents, hearing their voice, and taking time to listen. As one resident says, “ Everyone needs caring and love.” For students learning to work with the elderly, this DVD provides a motivational introduction to the people who need their care.
Topics: Emotional needs, empathy, depression, person-centered care, compassionate care
Audience: Home health aides, and nursing staff in long-term care, assisted living and adult day care programs.
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