Recognizing that memory loss affects each person differently, at McLean, we focus on understanding each person as a unique and valued individual. We learn the stories of our residents’ lives, develop relationships with their families and adapt days to their likes, preferences, needs and abilities.
We call our approach person-centered care. It is the hallmark of all we do at The Atwater. To us, person-centered care means adapting everything about the care to the person being cared for rather than attempting to make residents with dementia conform to preconceived or established “standards.”
Caregivers become like family members to the residents … knowing everything about them on a personal level. With that kind of deep and genuine understanding, a positive relationship is developed which means everyone benefits – especially the resident.
We call our team of specially trained caregivers, Care Partners. Care Partners are the ones who develop a personal care plan for each resident based on his/her own individual needs. These plans are monitored every day and updated when necessary. Care Partners may assist with:
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Clothing selection and dressing
- Showering and bathing
- Continence management
- Reminders and cueing
- Medication management
Families are key to person-centered care, so we offer family consultations and support groups to keep our families as involved and informed as possible.