Author Type

Graduate Student

Location

U-Hall 3-087

Start Date

28-3-2018 5:40 PM

End Date

28-3-2018 6:30 PM

Presentation Type

Panel

Abstract

The aim of this panel is to present an emerging if not visionary approach to caring for patients with neurodegenerative disorders. We will present the thesis work of Laurie Smith “A New Approach to Dementia Care Including Visual Cues and Person-Centered Activities” and Paula Reardon-Webster “Cultivating Compassion as a Tool for Everyday Leadership”. Using research and personal experience, the presenters will consider the possibilities of applying mindfulness-based leadership to provide compassionate care in memory care settings. This session will appeal to students of compassionate care, creative therapies, and applications of mindfulness practice.

  • Laurie Smith’s work says: “Providing quality care for this aging population means local communities must begin to create programs that focus on the individuals, capabilities, preferences and remaining strengths, rather than minimizing their limitations. In doing so, we foster the in the individual awareness for the independence to learn, allowing the resident to safely express their needs and to teach them to trust they still have the ability to make choices. Moreover, research indicates it can help to reduce behavioral symptoms such as agitation, depression, restlessness, aggression and isolation”.
  • Paula Webster’s work adds: “Many argue this is not a cost-effective approach and is unsustainable; economies of scale must outweigh individual needs. Emerging research in the field of compassion outcomes and mindfulness studies would indicate otherwise. A mindfulness-centered, compassion-based approach throughout an organization, could be the answer to how we serve this population, and in the end ourselves.”

PARTICIPANTS: We hope to engage participants in a lively, collaborative discussion!

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Mar 28th, 5:40 PM Mar 28th, 6:30 PM

What’s the Real Bottom-Line? Cultivating Compassion: Leading from the Heart in Memory Care Facilities

U-Hall 3-087

The aim of this panel is to present an emerging if not visionary approach to caring for patients with neurodegenerative disorders. We will present the thesis work of Laurie Smith “A New Approach to Dementia Care Including Visual Cues and Person-Centered Activities” and Paula Reardon-Webster “Cultivating Compassion as a Tool for Everyday Leadership”. Using research and personal experience, the presenters will consider the possibilities of applying mindfulness-based leadership to provide compassionate care in memory care settings. This session will appeal to students of compassionate care, creative therapies, and applications of mindfulness practice.

  • Laurie Smith’s work says: “Providing quality care for this aging population means local communities must begin to create programs that focus on the individuals, capabilities, preferences and remaining strengths, rather than minimizing their limitations. In doing so, we foster the in the individual awareness for the independence to learn, allowing the resident to safely express their needs and to teach them to trust they still have the ability to make choices. Moreover, research indicates it can help to reduce behavioral symptoms such as agitation, depression, restlessness, aggression and isolation”.
  • Paula Webster’s work adds: “Many argue this is not a cost-effective approach and is unsustainable; economies of scale must outweigh individual needs. Emerging research in the field of compassion outcomes and mindfulness studies would indicate otherwise. A mindfulness-centered, compassion-based approach throughout an organization, could be the answer to how we serve this population, and in the end ourselves.”

PARTICIPANTS: We hope to engage participants in a lively, collaborative discussion!