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Elevate Eldercare

May 24, 2023

The traditional nursing home took its design and operational cues from hospitals – a setting defined by its focus on physical health over all other considerations.

Since the late 1970s, Planetree International has worked to infuse humanity back into hospitals and, increasingly, health care settings of all kinds. In the beginning, that meant fighting a culture where visitors had strict time limits and patients weren’t even allowed to review their own medical files. Today, Planetree’s work encompasses all facets of emotional safety – a sense of overall wellbeing that still too often takes a backseat to physical condition and status, illustrated most brutally during COVID-era lockdowns and isolation.

Planetree president Susan Frampton joins “Elevate Eldercare” to discuss the network of health care providers that have adopted the organization’s philosophies for person-directed care, as well as the lessons that long-term care providers can take away from the movement to reform the acute care culture.

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Read more about emotional safety in the British Medical Journal: