At WesleyLife, serving residents and clients who are living with memory challenges is an important part of our mission. Our commitment to serving through a person-directed model of living means we encourage all residents and clients to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life.
Values that are essential to this philosophy include choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living. Respect and dignity are key to our approach, and we employ team members who truly care for the individuals they serve.
Person-directed living places individual preference and choice at the forefront of any plan for services and care, and ensures respect at all times for the uniqueness of the resident or client. For residents and team members, making choices about their lives, being listened to and heard, and being recognized as individuals who need connection are basic human rights.
- Foster a collective sense of autonomy, dignity, and individual choice
- Encourage residents’ and clients’ ownership of their lifestyles and routines
- Enhance relationships among residents and team members, families, and support systems
- Understand residents’ and clients’ preferences and how desired services should be delivered
Here are a few ways we illustrate this philosophy of care.
- Our residents and clients are surrounded by team members who model an approach that is unhurried, patient, and caring.
- Our environments are “homey” and non-clinical, calling to mind a comfortable living room/kitchen/bedroom “household” area rather than a hospital or doctor’s office
- We offer customized programming designed around residents’ likes and interests, and provide technology designed to relieve anxiety and offer relaxation and comfort.
- We honor our residents’ preferred meal times and menu choices.
- Residents drive their personal-care and sleep routines; no “we only give showers on certain days of the week, and lights-out at 10.”