What does “person-centered support” mean? This is a phrase that many senior living communities mention, but very few actually delve into the philosophy that encompasses it. The theory is simple, but absolutely essential for providing the best possible care, says Addie Gould, Administrator of Maple Ridge Senior Living in Ashland, OR.
“Historically, it was assumed that when you moved into a care setting like assisted living, you would fit into a routine that’s been designed for you, not by you,” Addie says. “Thankfully, care philosophies have moved on from this archaic approach and have instead adopted the idea of person-centered support. Put simply, this philosophy places the individual at the center of decision-making when it comes to their health and well-being.”
In other words, Addie says, person-centered support is about providing support for the person … instead of trying to fit them into a pre-designed cookie-cutter approach.
“No two people are exactly alike, so why should their care plans be alike?” she says. “This is especially true when it comes to assisted living. Some individuals may need extensive assistance while others simply need medication reminders. This is where person-centered support really benefits quality of life because it is truly supportive.”
Why Is Person-Centered Support Important?
It meets each individual where they are in their care journey. Person-centered support meets emotional, social, and practical needs to maintain a high quality of life while also taking into account the individual’s abilities and health requirements.
It improves confidence. Residents who have a say in their care plans and assistance have higher engagement, happier moods, and more involvement in promoting their needs and well-being. This results in a more confident approach to aging.
It promotes independence. By providing the level of support that’s needed, individuals are then free to continue to do the things they can do independently. This actually can help the person live independently for longer.
Person-Centered Support in Assisted Living
The first assisted living community, Park Place in Portland, OR, opened in the early 1980s as a modern alternative to the traditional “nursing home.” It offered residents private rooms with doors that locked, 24-hour staffing for medical emergencies, as well as community areas for social interaction. This homelike approach became accepted practice throughout the industry and now, in 2021, assisted living is focused on helping elders stay as independent as possible for as long as possible.
At Maple Ridge Senior Living, we strive to provide the perfect blend of support and independence. By providing person-centered support – in other words, assistance designed or the individual, only when they need it – our residents are able to stay active, social, and engaged in life. Plus, they have the benefit of medication management, caring staff available around-the-clock, and a variety of amenities to make life enjoyable.
When a resident joins our community, one of the first things we do is work together with them to create a personalized Growth and Wellness plan. This includes not just assistance and health needs, but also the goals and motivations of the individual. We use this information to craft a perfect plan for you that can also flex as your needs change.
Some of the supportive services we offer include:
- Medication assistance
- Assistance with dressing
- Continence care
- Assistance with mobility
Care at Maple Ridge Senior Living goes beyond physical care. We are guided by goodness, loyalty, faith, and fun in everything we do, and have created an environment that encourages residents to be their very best self. Our True North programs are one example of how we offer opportunities for residents to share their talents, learn new things, and explore new horizons.
We also have a focus on whole-body wellness and health because we believe a healthy lifestyle means aging well (and helps to avoid health issues). We offer a variety of fitness and wellness initiatives, as well as a home-cooking approach that offers made-from-scratch meals that are both nutritionally dense and emotionally rewarding.
“You may need assistance as you age, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop living,” says Addie. “We honor our elders by providing a person-centric approach to everything we do in our community. Our ultimate goal is to provide an environment that is uplifting, supportive, and engaging for all, no matter how much or little support you may need. Life is for living, and it’s our honor to help you accomplish everything you want to do.”
Guided by Goodness, Loyalty, Faith, and Fun.
Maple Ridge Senior Living is a place of vibrancy and life – promoting meaning and joy in the lives of residents, families, and our team members. Elders inspire us, motivate us, guide, and direct us. As we work to create an empowering, caring, growing culture for elders, we are also creating our own future. After all, we are all elders-in-waiting!
Offering independent living, assisted living and short-term stays, Maple Ridge Senior Living is nestled at the convergence of the Cascade and the Siskiyou Mountain Ranges in Southern Oregon. Our spacious and bright building boasts beautiful valley views surrounded by nature and wildlife while still conveniently close to the center of town. Walk or take a short ride to Lithia Park, the Shakespeare Festival Theatres, or Ashland’s downtown plaza for shopping, art galleries, dining, and entertainment.
We invite you to schedule a tour and learn more about the services, amenities, care, and lifestyle available at Maple Ridge Senior Living. Please call us at 541-238-2070 to schedule your personal tour today.