The Baptist Home is not a “medical center” but is a “living center” where we focus on the emotional issues of aging, which I have said many times are the most difficult issues not just of growing old, but of all of life. – Larry Johnson, Baptist Home President (1997-2005)
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.
Five Principles 1) We believe in respecting the individuality of each resident and recognize that each resident has value and deserves to be treated with dignity.
2) We believe in protecting the freedoms of our residents which includes making choices and being themselves as long as it does not endanger or infringe on the rights or safety of others.
3) We believe that each resident deserves to be heard and to know that we love and care about them.
4) We believe that the most difficult issues in all of life are emotional issues…loneliness, disappointment, hopelessness, loss, grief… which become increasingly difficult to deal with as we age. We are dedicated to helping our residents cope with these issues and to “walk with them” through the pain.
5) We believe in building meaningful relationships with our residents and to help them to live the best life possible.
Five Universal Truths 1) 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.
2) Everybody hurts. We believe in being sensitive to the hurts of others.
3) Everybody wants to be heard. We believe in being willing to listen.
4) 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.
5) 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.