Many senior living communities offer a type of care that they call “resident centered care”. Resident centered care is a model of senior care that invites, accommodates, and respects residents’ personal wishes and desires in health care and lifestyle decisions – working with the resident’s doctor to provide care that is both medically beneficial and desired by the resident.

Resident centered care allows the resident to voice their individual needs and wants, their preferences, and their doctor’s recommendations. Resident centered care is unique in that it provides the following.

Personalization
Caregivers respect the resident’s interests, helping them to stay healthy and engaged in things that are important to them.

Routine
In a resident centered care facility, the residents are able to set their schedule rather than being forced to follow a routine that is not their own. They can choose things such as what they want to eat, what they want to wear, when they want to wake up and go to bed, and how they spend their time during the day.

Enhancement
All dimensions of a resident’s health and well-being are taken into consideration – including physical health, but also:

  • Intellect;
  • Creativity;
  • Spirituality.

Empowerment
Seniors living in resident-centered care facilities maintain their rights to determine how their needs should be met. This gives both the resident and the care takers more freedom to socialize and interact in a positive way.

If you are looking into care for yourself or for a loved one, resident centered care may be the way to go. For senior care that is empowering and personalized, look for a facility that focuses on their residents desires and needs.