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"I Help Them Navigate the Organization": Recognizing the Contributions of Non-Clinical Professionals to Person-Centered Approaches in Assisted Living.

Authors
  • Shrestha, Priyanka
  • Abbott, Katherine M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2018
Volume
44
Issue
2
Pages
9–13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20171023-02
PMID: 29077979
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current study explored the contribution of non-clinical professionals, such as housekeepers and maintenance mechanics, in promoting person-centered care (PCC) for older adults residing in assisted living. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews with staff (n = 8), concierge (n = 2), maintenance mechanics (n = 2), housekeepers (n = 3), and an administrative assistant (n = 1) from an assisted living organization were conducted. Interviews were audiorecorded, transcribed, and reviewed for accuracy. The comments from the staff were coded based on prior PCC themes (i.e., promoting decision making, meaningful living, pleasurable living, and personhood). Results show that non-clinical staff play an important role in facilitating PCC in their everyday tasks with residents. A new sub-theme was added regarding how non-clinical staff help residents in assisted living navigate the organization. Findings suggest that all tasks, no matter how routine, can be performed in a person-centered manner, contributing to the quality of life of older adults in assisted living. The authors recommend including all staff who have direct contact with residents in person-centered education and training efforts as they support the PCC goals of an organization. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(2), 9-13.].

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