Person-centered Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 22, 2020
Hosted by Joseph M. Casciani
This episode of the Living to 100 Club radio program invites a respected and noted authority on geriatric medicine and long term care, Dr. Michael Wasserman. Patient-centered care recognizes the uniqueness of each patient receiving care, including not only their age, gender, and socio-economic status, but also their place of birth, cultural backgrounds, and individual life experiences. We will discuss why the COVID-19 virus is so lethal to frail older adults, and the devastating impact it is having in nursing homes around the country. Then, Dr. Wasserman will explore how this public health crisis contributes further to the isolation that older adults experience, and why person-centered care can make the difference in quality care delivery. Actually, getting to know the patient – and his or her goals and preferences – best defines this approach, and we will shine a light on how it can be practiced in our work with older adults.
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Joseph M. Casciani
Dr. Joe Casciani is a clinical psychologist who has been working with seniors, their families, and caregivers for over 30 years. A native New Yorker, he now resides in San Diego, California, with his wife of 48 years. Spending three decades in the health care industry, Dr. Casciani brings a point of view that emphasizes what we now know about longevity, how to create a future that is bigger than our past, and how to remove the mental clutter that robs us of a positive, energizing outlook on life. Dr. Casciani has shepherded other mental health professionals wanting to work with seniors and has written extensively on the vital role of mental health in long term care settings and the challenges of coping with medical conditions. Dr. Casciani has presented at professional and trade association meetings and has conducted a series of online webinars on aging and mental health. Beyond the clinical work and training, Dr. Casciani’s entrepreneurial spirit has brought rise to his building and operating several businesses in the health care industry, while managing the practices of other mental health professionals in several states.