Person Centered Care

 “Person Centered Care” is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.
Person Centered Care transformation supports the creation of both long and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings where both older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life.  This transformation may require changes in organization practices, physical environments, relationships at all levels and workforce models – leading to better outcomes for consumers and direct care workers without inflicting detrimental costs on providers.

The Journey Begins . . .
There are many starts and stops along the culture change journey.  LEADER is committed to helping providers, consumers, regulators and policymakers as they strive toward providing more person-centered and resident-directed care to Louisiana elders in every healthcare setting.  Explore the links on this page to increase your understanding of culture change and to find examples of culture change practices that support a environment where elders thrive!

Definition of “Culture”
Pattern of shared basic assumptions that have been learned by the members of their group
Stem from people’s experience, as they conduct their business over and over again
Provide meaning to daily events for people inside a group
Make life predictable and therefore reduce anxiety
Taught (in both explicit and tacit ways) to a new group members as the “correct” way to perceive, think, and feel about all aspects of daily life Nursing Home Culture
Learn about traditional and transformed Nursing Home Culture.


LEADER has compiled a number of useful resources regarding Person Centered Care. Please contact us if you wish to contribute to our resources.