Managing medication in older adults is multifaceted. Clinicians should work together to evaluate medications for appropriateness and effectiveness. The current standard is to provide patient-centered care. Patient-centered care is an approach that focuses on the individual person and his/her capacities and interest, in order to provide quality of life as defined by the individual. A team approach including the patient, healthcare providers, and family members is needed to achieve patient-centered care.
Families are an important part of the care team for residents in Long-Term Care facilities. Healthcare professionals need family insight when creating patient-centered care plans.
Family members can:
- Help identify and contribute information when selecting activity based therapy
- Interpret behavioral communication and identify triggers
- Contribute with service, support and care plans that best meet resident needs
- Support resident decision-making
- Provide information to help practitioners set care priorities
Working together to achieve patient-centered care improves patient outcomes while maintaining patient dignity. The patient–centered care approach is incomplete without family involvement.