The Mayer-Rothschild Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care Seeks Participation from Across the United States
The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care Award is developing a new national standard of person-centered excellence in the design and implementation of residential care for older adults. This four-phase project will ultimately offer a blueprint for all organizations offering residential care, honoring Dr. Robert Nathan Mayer’s vision of always recognizing the critical importance of “listening to the voice of those receiving care.”
Project goals and design
In this first phase, The University of Maine Center on Aging, and The Cedars in Portland, Maine, a nonprofit older adult community, are currently identifying and refining a broad framework representing a variety of person-centered care domains. Over the last several months, the University of Maine Center on Aging and The Cedars have embarked on an exploratory effort of planning and discovery to identify and document the fundamental tenets of person-centered care in the long-term care setting.
Unlike traditional research in this field, residents, family members, and direct care staff, as well as academic partners will largely drive the definition of person-centered care. The project’s research-driven process is grounded in a grassroots, bottom-up approach that explores the perspectives of those who experience care. This first phase relies heavily on principles of participatory action research that engages stakeholders closest to the research question and topic area. Additionally, our framework is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as we strive to capture feedback from all stakeholders. Throughout the phase I process, all activities are conducted in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and best practices for the prevention of spread of the Coronavirus.
The Research Project Process & Initiatives
Our project Steering Committee consists of board members, residents of both assisted and long-term care environments, family members, volunteers, community members, and direct care staff from across several departments. This dynamic and collaborative committee is updated monthly on the progress of our work and provides valuable feedback on such aspects of care as dignity of risk, autonomy and personhood, person-centered dining, meaningful life, and much more.
The project also utilizes a Blue-Ribbon Expert Panel comprised of national experts in the field of aging. The members of this panel will assist in the development of tools and frameworks for person-centered care and ensure that gaps are identified. Their expertise is crucial to the project’s primary goal of formulating a comprehensive final framework, or designation, for person-centered care in long-term care communities.
The University of Maine Center on Aging and The Cedars together represent a unique university-community dyad partnership and an innovative approach to the development of person-centered systems, methods, measures, tools, and processes that will represent best practices in long-term care. Phase I research activities include an ongoing literature review, a national message board activity, a national resident/resident representative survey, national organizational case studies, and staff focus groups.
Join the National Conversation
It is key that residents and family members drive this Designation of Excellence work. In order to do this, we need to hear residents’ voices. The project team is currently collecting resident perspectives and feedback through a nationwide message board activity. Informal conversations and message board postings will engage residents from across the country, the very people who receive and experience person-centered care in assisted living and long-term care homes. This initiative is one of several different ways that the project team will arrive at a better understanding of residents’ wishes and priorities for their living environment, their care, their socialization, and their interactions with staff and other residents. To participate in this activity, visit the project website at mayer-rothschilddesignationofexcellencehome.org
The Final Purpose – A Designation Framework
At the end of this four-year and four phase process, a Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care will be launched to inform and educate the public about best practices in long-term care communities. A further goal is creating awareness about the need for more person-centered care, which will thereby create more demand for that high-quality person-centered care. This certification will ultimately serve as an industry measure to recognize behaviors and practices that embody excellence, and are person-centered in design, delivery, and outcomes, and promote older adult care settings that widely accept and implement these practices. Ultimately, The Mayer-Rothschild Designation of Excellence in Person Centered Long-Term Care will become a touchstone for the long-term care field and provide a transparent way for the public to assess excellence and person-centered practices and values at these care communities. We ask that all stakeholders in long-term care and assisted living communities help us define person-centered care by joining the conversation and participating in our initiatives – the future is person-centered.
Read the full press release from the foundation at mayerrothschild.org
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