“Care as a relationship” is key to good long-term care: research

The OPSEU, Diablogue shares key international practices to advance “LTC” aka “residential care housing and caring for the elderly and some younger people with serious disabilities,” with an emphasis on a holistic approach that incorporates “the needs of residents, families, workers and managers.” This report was organized/edited by Donna Baines and Pat Armstrong via the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

OPSEU Diablogue

What are long-term care residences around the world doing right?  That’s the question an international research team travelled across North America and Europe to find out.

Led by Pat Armstrong and Donna Baines, researchers visited nursing homes in Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, looking for practices that make long-term care centres feel like home to their residents.

diablogue fotoTheir findings won’t surprise long-term care workers. Good long-term care means building strong care relationships between residents and their care providers. Strong staffing levels, good working conditions, secure jobs, proper levels of public funding, full-service kitchens with in-house food service staff, and sensible standards – not onerous bureaucratic one-size-fits-all rules – lead to excellent care for residents.

The research by Armstrong and Baines resulted in a highly-readable, information-packed book called Promising Practices in Long-term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing (2015). A collection of short and moving vignettes…

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