Barry was an educator in his rural community, and was one of the longest-serving principals at his local school board. He shared his love of the outdoors with his students, friends, and family and until his sudden stroke, spent his retirement hiking, fishing, and hunting. The stroke left him paralyzed on the right side, easy to tire, often confused, and increasingly depressed – which was devastating to him and his family.
Barry requires a lot of care from his long-term care team to help restore him to a more stable state. For example, to help support his mental health, the home’s recreation therapist has set up virtual sessions to bring the outdoors in and to re-connect Barry to his love of nature.
Barry and his family say they appreciate not only the medical and nursing care that Barry receives to address his physical needs, but the emotional and social care he receives too. They share how grateful they are with the home’s staff quickly recognizing his love of nature and finding ways he could still embrace the outdoors and experience joy. They say this personal connection has made the world of difference to Barry.
More people are coming to long-term care with higher acuity needs. While long-term care teams are experts in caring for people, they require multi-disciplinary staffing models – like the one that Barry is experiencing – to deliver high-quality, responsive care.