The Caring Spirit Approach to Eldercare: A Training Guide for Professionals and Families

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Health Professions Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 206 pages
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The Caring Spirit Approach to Eldercare provides a different way to think about culture change in long-term care. While most culture change efforts target the physical environment and internal systems in long-term care communities, the Caring Spirit(TM) approach recognizes that valuing and nurturing relationships between staff and residents is critical to person-centered care--and that families need to be partners in the process too. Presented as a training program with 10 professional and 4 family training modules, the activities and instruction presented in this easy-to-follow guide will empower all caregivers by providing the support, guidance, and attention they need to succeed. Participants learn the importance of Relationships built on compassion, respect, and trust Pride in and commitment to the process of care giving and receiving Positive self-awareness and self-care More meaningful ways to communicate with one another Care practices that are spiritually renewing rather than depleting and demoralizing Reap the rewards of reduced costs and improved quality of care from this easily affordable investment in your human resources. Witness what research has already proven: that staff retention and positive care outcomes for residents are directly linked to how staff are valued. If culture change is truly your passion and goal, then The Caring Spirit Approach to Eldercare is a "must have" training program for your community!

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Nancy L. Kriseman, M.S.W., is a licensed geriatric social worker with more than 21 years of experience serving as a program developer, trainer, teacher, and counselor for elders and the staff who care for them. She is currently working as a private geriatric care consultant, assisting with program development and training needs for assisted living and nursing facilities and for home care agencies. She is also an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and a board member of the Georgia Gerontology Association. She is a recognized national speaker and expert on aging concerns.

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