MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Home care is an essential part of life for many seniors across the state. The PEAK program is a Medicaid-paid performance program that the K-State Center of Aging partners with the Kansas Department of Age and Disability Services to provide to Kansas nursing homes.
Laci Cornelson, coordinator of the PEAK program, said that this program really benefits the quality of life of older people. “Quality nursing homes has been really about good clinical quality of care, but we know that quality of life is important for person-centred care to be a way for nursing homes to change the care system to really individualize the experience of seniors and increase their ability to have a good quality of life,” Cornelson said.
PEAK began in 2002 as a recognition and education program to encourage Kansas providers to embrace culture change, but in 2012 it became PEAK 2.0 by replacing the phrase “culture change” with “care person centered”. “I think anytime seniors can be who they are and they leave their homes to move to a different lifestyle because of chronic illness or chronic disease and they still want to be who they are, so it’s a way for them to get their life. clinical needs met, but also living their life with good quality, so I think that means a lot to them, it’s their life,” Cornelson said.
Cornelson said it could be one of the biggest transitions of their lives as they move in with a carer they won’t know. “One of the hearts of person-centred care is consistent staffing and so it’s a concept where instead of staff looking after a lot of different seniors, they’re looking after a smaller one. group of seniors and getting to know them very well,” Cornelson said.
Cornelson also mentioned that it has a huge impact on changing the tradition of nursing homes. “It was helping nursing homes change a tradition of care that had stretched on forever and was hospital-based and staying in a hospital is okay in the short term, but seniors live in a nursing home on average 2 1/2 years once they move in and we’ll ‘I don’t want to live in a hospital for 2 1/2 years,’” Cornelson said.
The program focuses on five essential elements of person-centered care, as PEAK will host its conference at K-State next week.
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