The Household Model : meeting the social and emotional needs of residents at Samaritan Place
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This report reflects my practicum experience with Samaritan Place which took place between August 1, 2013 and December 13, 2013. My practicum explored the culture change movement within long-term care. This movement reflects a shift from an institutional model of older adult care towards a home like environment where residents are involved in planning for, and living their life to the fullest extent possible. Samaritan Place utilizes the Household Model out of the culture change movement that emphasizes improving the quality of life for residents and their families. The Household Model is a philosophical and practice framework that emphasizes building a strong community and exploring relationships that develop between long-term care residents and caregivers, organizational leaders, family and other community members. It is about participating in daily life activities within these relationships that ultimately leads to improved quality of life. This report is a synthesis of my practicum at Samaritan Place that includes my observations, participation, and personal experiences as I worked with people with dementia within the Cottages. I explore the Household Model and several other models of long-term care. I look at how the Household Model within the culture change movement is being implemented at Samaritan Place and its impact on the quality of life within the Cottages. I reflect on my experiences within Samaritan Place and highlight my learning from the integration of theory and practice with specific focus on the Ecological Framework. I also explore how spirituality has been further developed within the Household Model as Samaritan Place is a faith based long-term care facility.