Patient-Centered Care Plans: Family Matters

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:

  1. Help identify and contribute information when selecting activity based therapy
  2. Interpret behavioral communication and identify triggers
  3. Contribute with service, support and care plans that best meet resident needs
  4. Support resident decision-making
  5. 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.