Always Best Senior Services and the Value of “Positive Client-Nurse Relationships”
Today’s post explains how Always Best senior services in Brookfield, Wisconsin leverage the biopsychosocial model and the power of positive client-nurse relationships to make aging in place a happier and healthier experience for your loved one.
Moving Past the Biomedical Model with Always Best Senior Services
With America’s current healthcare system, the overwhelming focus has been a biomedical view, in which curing disease or treating abnormalities gets priority over promoting holistic health and relational quality between client and carer (Turpin et al., 2012, p. 459).
Put another way, that means addressing your loved one’s physical discomfort and symptomatology has historically taken precedence over promoting their mental, emotional, and social wellness in care settings.
With this model, the relational aspect of care is even further deprioritized – who cares if you get along with your nurse so long as they’re getting you healthy, right?
To many, the biomedical approach is not a problem; after all, most people turn to healthcare exclusively to treat physical and mental ailments, and lean on their family and friends for social and emotional wellness.
But this assumes your stay is short-term and that life goes on outside the healthcare setting, which isn’t the case for the majority of Brookfield, Wisconsin seniors.
Embracing the Biopsychosocial Model in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Many elderly Americans rely on daily live-in care like Always Best senior services, and this is where social health and relational quality really matter.
Indeed, some seniors require 24/7 care; their healthcare setting and home settings are one in the same. Leaving these vulnerable populations in the care of people that largely ignore their social and psychological health is unacceptable.
That’s why Always Best senior services in Brookfield, Wisconsin takes a biopsychosocial approach to care. As the name suggests, this approach involves the combination of three essential components of health: biological, psychological, and social.
Thus, in addition to supporting your loved one’s biological health with our range of Always Best senior services, our carers in Brookfield, Wisconsin actively promote psychological and social wellness.
One of the most fundamental ways we promote biopsychosocial health is by forging positive “client-nurse” or “client-carer” relationships (Turpin et al., 2012). Promoting emotional and social health in this way has proven benefits beyond the fact that your loved one will be happier if they get trust and enjoy the company of their carer. Indeed, a considerable amount of research exists highlighting its value for improving the quality of life of aging individuals and chronic disease sufferers (Chen, 2003; Gantery et al., 2008; Schoot et al., 2005).
At Always Best senior services, we focus on getting to know your loved one, creating reciprocity, sharing personal experiences, and taking our time providing care. In doing so, we build trust and forge strong connections, which are associated with better care outcomes and client satisfaction rates.
Build a Positive Client-Carer Relationship in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Book a free consultation with an Always Best senior services representative today. We will thoroughly discuss your needs, create a custom personal Care Plan, help coordinate billing with insurance providers, and go above and beyond to find your loved one a strong caregiver connection.
Give us a call at 262-721-0765 or visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/wi/brookfield/ to learn more.
Turpin, L. J., McWilliam, C. L., & Ward-Griffin, C. (2012). The meaning of a positive client-nurse relationship for senior home care clients with chronic disease. Canadian Journal on Aging, 31(4), 457-69.
Chen, Y. (2003). The meaning of health and health promotion practices of Taiwanese elders with chronic illness. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 15(6), 505-510.
Gantert, T., McWilliam, C., Ward-Griffin, C. & N.J. Allen (2008). The key to me: Seniors’ perceptions of relationship-building with in-home service providers. Canadian Journal on Aging, 27, 23-34.
Schoot, T., Proot, I., Ter Meulen, R. & L. de Witte (2005). Actual interaction and client centeredness in home care. Clinical Nursing Research, 14, 370-393.