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