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« on: December 30, 2010, 10:32:14 PM PST »

My nursing background is geriatrics, a field that, just like nephrology, is grappling with redefining care in terms of patient centeredness.

Two somewhat new concepts in long term care are the Pioneer Culture Movement and the Eden Alternative.  Both of these concepts are attempting to empower patients and to focus on patient needs and desires rather than on nursing tasks.  They are holistic models.

I absolutely love the Eden Alternative care partner definition:  "Those who work together effectively and respectively for the long run."Notice that there is nothing at all in the definition about who does what or how much each partner does.  It also doesn't specify the people involved--it could be family, spouse, friends, professionals or others.  And....the operative words are respectfully and effectively.

A good lesson for all, I think!

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 05:25:48 PM PST »

Thank you Dez for sharing this.  I like this!
« Last Edit: January 07, 2011, 07:12:55 PM PST by getlife »

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011, 10:05:48 AM PST »

Another point about the definition is that is implies that the burden isn't on one specific person.  I think the secret to successful care partnering is to have and develop a support system, one that is not based solely on the CKD.  My friends, for example, were fellow antiquers, my coffee group, coworkers and /or just hanging-out-with girlfriends. 

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