It’s not a Program. It’s a Philosophy!

December 13, 2013
Chris Perna, The Eden Alternative Blog

A friend of mine just shared a very cool article published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing about a recent study of person-centered care. I’ve read a lot of studies about person-centered care, but what really caught my eye here was a sentence in the closing summary.

To interpret the findings of this study holistically, they indicate that person-centeredness is more a philosophy than particular interventions, a creative and playful culture of ethics that celebrates life and manifests individuality, dignity, beauty, meaningfulness, and pleasure in its doing and being.

Wow! What a beautiful way to express what person-centered care is all about, and so well aligned with the Eden Alternative philosophy. Supports what we’ve been saying for a long time. “It’s not a program. It’s a philosophy.”

Thanks to the study’s authors Dr. D. Edvardsson, Dr. K. Edvardsson, and Ms. G. Varrailhon for their spot on analysis and eloquent framing of their conclusion. May their words be spread.

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RT @edenalt: It’s not a Program. It’s a Philosophy! #research http://t.co/16ygTQA3dS

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@edenalt @ChrisPerna2 I just downloaded the article to read and it is awesome. Confirms everything we have taught and always known!

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RT @edenalt: It’s not a Program. It’s a Philosophy! #research http://t.co/16ygTQA3dS

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I looked AT&T his study as part of my Masters. There seems to be so much controversy about PCC – it really intrigues me. And the fact that it is quite often a one way street – energy towards the Elder. This can be quite daunting. The focus should be on relationship centred care – where the Elder is an active participant in the transactional nature of care, and not just a passive recipient.

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barbarasmullen
December 15, 2013 2:33 am

I like Stroebel’s comment above and agree the transaction al nature of the process is key but….surely the discovery that Eden Alternative is a philosophy rather than a program is not new is it ???

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not sure about care being a transaction, interaction maybe. The point of PCC is to focus on the Elder is it not? by the carer in the power position. Moira

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