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Person-Directed Care

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Author| Grant Mongin Digital Marketing and SEO Specialist for Homewatch CareGivers of Crystal Lake

Trying to make decisions about the care options available to your loved ones can be an overwhelming process because it can be difficult to determine what types of care are available and how to differentiate between great care and lesser care. For example, if you are looking for home care in Barrington, a Google search for “best home care in Barrington” will leave you with dozens of options. How can you be sure that the people to whom you are entrusting the care of your loved one are really the best? This is a difficult position to be in, but one important thing you can look for in choosing a high-quality care home health agency is that they are committed to a person-directed approach to care.

Your next question might be, what is person-directed care and why is it different? To put it simply, person-directed care is a philosophy of care created by The Eden Alternative which disrupts the “medical model” of care by focusing on the strengths of an individual and how care can empower them to live a full life through personalized care models.[1] By contrast, the medical model, looks primarily at what disease or ailment a person has and defines their relationship with the person through an understanding of their disabilities. The difference may seem subtle, but the result is the difference between care that sees people as part of a group and delivering generic “care” and a relationship-oriented form of care that seeks to meet people where they are at and form an individualized care plan.

Members of the team at Homewatch CareGivers of Crystal Lake (HWCG) are certified by The Eden Alternative as a member of this reimagined type of home care and carefully train our staff to support clients from a person-directed approach. The difference is seen with our caregivers like Marta Haliotis and Lisa Schmidt who have both been recently featured for their success in providing transformational, person-directed care for their clients. This type of care takes a special type of caregiver and agency to achieve, and we at HWCG are committed to providing only the highest quality of individualized home care to your loved ones.


[1] "The Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being℠." The Eden Alternative®. August 26, 2020. Accessed September 23, 2020.

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