The field of care for the elderly is constantly evolving, and innovative initiatives are emerging to meet the specific needs of the elderly. We recently organised an international study mission during which we explored innovative approaches to the well-being of the elderly, with a particular focus on the Carpe Diem philosophy.
First day of training at Maison Carpe Diem
: this institution, located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, has rethought care for people suffering from neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. This first day of training was an immersion in the Carpe Diem philosophy, which emphasises the importance of human relations, listening to patients and understanding their specific needs.
The Carpe Diem approach, developed since 1995, gives priority to patients' strengths and abilities. What's more, it has shown that appropriate physical and architectural environments, combined with specialised staff training, are essential if patients are to live differently with their illness and prevent the exhaustion of family members and healthcare professionals.
The day began with a warm welcome and introduction by Nicole Poirier
, followed by a tour of Maison Carpe Diem. Feedback on observations and questions was invaluable for participants.
Second day of training at Maison Carpe Diem: the second day of training continued to explore the Carpe Diem approach, focusing on keeping patients at home and ensuring continuity of services, as well as on supporting families. The day also included discussions on analyzing complex situations and the importance of fostering good treatment to combat abuse.
Outre la formation à la Maison Carpe Diem, les participants ont visité plusieurs établissements de soins aux personnes âgées à Trois-Rivières et à Montréal :
- LOKIA Trois-Rivières
: a residence for the elderly, offering a contemporary and caring environment.
- CHSLD Val des Brises
: a facility focused on the needs of residents, with concepts centred on "feeling at home" and "fighting boredom".
- Maison des aînés Chomedey
: a new retirement home offering a caring environment and appropriate care.
- AEPC - CHSLD Saint Georges (Groupe Roy Santé)
: a private CHSLD under contract, committed to improving residents' quality of life.
- Réseau de coopération ÉESAD
: a network of social economy homecare companies offering quality services.
- Coopérative de solidarité Novaide
: a cooperative that aims to support the employability and well-being of seniors.
- Association Baluchon Répit Long Terme
: an organisation offering respite and support to family carers.
Debriefing session and reflection on innovation: during the mission, Florence Mathieu
, a specialist in human-centred innovation, led debriefing sessions to help participants reflect on innovative approaches to eldercare.
The whole international mission provided a valuable opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and be inspired by innovative approaches to improving the quality of life of older people and their families.