Although the hospital model of care practiced in most nursing homes provides good results — that is, easily quantifiable lists of procedures and medicines administered, test results, and billable nursing hours — it does not provide good quality of life for residents (or “patients,” as they are referred to in the hospital model).
At ExcelCare24, we see a different way of assisting people through a new stage in their lives. Acknowledging that where they live is their home, and belongs to them, not to the medical staff, we have established a way of delivering care that not only meets their medical and physical needs, but one that also nourishes their social connections, individual dignity, and personal preferences. Each patient is looked after in their own home by staff who will offer them choice of how they want things done and what suits them.
Far more devastating than physical illness to people, is lack of purpose. Studies have shown over and over that people who are engaged in activities they find meaningful are far more likely to retain mental acuity, physical health, and emotional well-being. Although the hospital model tries to provide such stimulation, its “activities” are usually organized by staff, with little or no input from “patients,” and become just one more set of required tasks for all involved. At ExcelCare24, we will work with prospective patients to identify areas of interest and methods of community involvement that will appeal to them.