Did you know that social engagement is increased in emotion-based models of care?
Boredom and loneliness amongst residents of long-term care homes is well documented. Feelings of loneliness can lead to depression, anxiety, impulsivity, aggressive behaviours and even suicide ideation. The sense of loneliness has only been enhanced during COVID as long-term care homes have closed their doors to family members and others due to increased risk of infection. Group activities were stopped as were outings during the peak times of COVID.
In her book, Happily Ever Older, Moira Welsh noted that Dr. Bill Thomas founded the Eden Alternative model of care to combat what he defined as the ‘three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom’ all of which conspire to create a miserable existence. (p. 137). Boredom and loneliness can be reduced by creating a more relaxed home-like feel to the day with less task-orientation and more emphasis on people living and working in the home. This is what Butterfly homes are all about and the results are very encouraging. Read more here
Emotion-based model of care is one which has smaller environments, 8-16 residents/unit; communal dining room and kitchen; where full time staff actually know their residents and where residents, staff and families are all valued as a part of the team sharing times of laughter, joy and meaningful activities.
What is most important is that your family member has quality of life in the years remaining. Learn more about emotion-based models of care at www.changeltcnow.ca and contact your MPP now to advocate for emotion-based models of care in all our long-term care homes!