The Baptist Home’s Philosophy of Care:
The Baptist Home is committed to the promotion of the autonomy of the individual older adult. This recognition of autonomy is expressed by TBH as a resident centered or resident focused ministry of meeting needs of individuals as opposed to a program centered approach. This proactive approach, rather than reactive approach, is best understood when communication is adult to adult.
1. We build genuine relationships with our residents.
Truth #1: We are all aging. One day we will not be the caregiver. We will be the “patient.” As such, we believe in treating others as we ourselves would wish to be treated. We do our best to be genuine and to build trusting relationships with each of our residents. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and we respect the individuality of each of our residents. We know that neither we nor those who come to live with us are perfect people, but it is our sincerest goal to build meaningful relationships with our residents and to help them live the best life possible.
2. We respect our residents’ autonomy.
Truth #2: Everybody hurts. We believe in being sensitive to the hurts of others. One of the most difficult things about aging is dealing with accumulated losses. It is for this reason that we believe in protecting the freedoms of our residents which includes making choices and being themselves as long as it does not place them in danger or infringe upon the rights or safety of others.
3. We listen.
Truth #3: Everybody wants to be heard. We believe that each resident deserves to be heard and to know that we love and care about them. Our staff is committed to taking time to truly listen to our residents’ needs and to respond appropriately. We understand that our need to be heard when we age does not lessen, but in fact, becomes more desperate as our ability to communicate becomes more and more difficult. We apply this understanding to every sphere of our ministry. Whether complaints or requests, prayer concerns or praises, histories or present circumstances, we listen.
4. We’re in this together.
Truth #4: Most people are unable to express their feelings verbally or in other positive, constructive, healthy ways. We believe and understand that as we age, dealing with emotional issues such as loneliness, disappointment, hopelessness, loss and grief, etc. becomes increasingly difficult. Our support systems become more diminished as we age and as we lose our loved ones and friends. We are dedicated to helping our residents cope with these issues and to “walk with them” through the pain. We believe in being available to help our residents express feelings they may not be able to express themselves.
5. We’re here for our residents.
Truth #5: The greatest ministry The Baptist Home can provide is to help our residents to be able to express how they feel. We do this through Validation Therapy, through worship services, through music and through prayer. Whether it’s the full-time pastor on every campus or the good food, our aim at The Baptist Home is to provide holistic care for every resident. Each resident comes to us with a unique set of needs as a result of different life experiences, both good and bad. It’s our greatest joy to provide engaging activities and opportunities for learning and spiritual growth in a Christian environment with compassionate and caring staff.
Five Universal Truths
- We are all aging. It also means that one day we will not be the Caregiver. We will be the “patient.” We believe in treating others as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
- Everybody hurts. We believe in being sensitive to the hurts of others.
- Everybody wants to be heard. We believe in being willing to listen.
- Most are unable to express their feelings verbally or in other positive, constructive, healthy ways. We believe in being available to help others express feelings they may not be able to express for themselves.
- Since everybody hurts and since most are unable to express their feelings in positive, constructive, healthy ways, the greatest ministry The Baptist Home can provide for our residents is to help them to be able to express how they feel. At The Baptist Home, we do this through Validation Therapy, through worship services, through music and through prayer.
As part of this commitment to caring for the whole person, several years ago TBH began applying validation therapy techniques. With assistance from the developer of Validation Therapy, Naomi Feil, TBH became a ground breaking facility in providing therapy that meets the resident in the reality they live in as opposed to traditional methods that force our reality on the aging. Validation Therapy seeks to respect the resident’s time frame and autonomy. It uses what, where, when and how questions to explore the meaning of all behavior. It avoids using “why” to not offend or raise the defenses of the confused resident. With reminiscence, the resident becomes more oriented. This combined with the commitment to create an environment for the residents that is like home has made TBH truly unique. A uniqueness that is experienced when you walk through the doors.
The Baptist Home’s Experts on Aging have compiled a collection of resources and articles to provide an overview of Validation Therapy.
An example of Validation practiced by President Steven Jones while serving as Administrator of the TBH-Chillicothe campus.