Care And Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

– Dalai Lama

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One reason that makes Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation the preferred choice of so many families in the Delmarva area is our unparalleled level of care and compassion. But compassion can be a subjective term.

Sure, feeling the care and compassion of our staff makes you feel great, but what exactly is compassion from the perspective of the residents receiving nursing care? What’s important to them when they think of compassion? How do they tell the difference between an ordinary nurse and one who is compassionate?
Researchers Louise Bramley and Milika Matiti1 set out to understand these very questions.

What Compassion Looks Like to Recipients of Nursing Care

Bramley and Matiti found the following (emphasis added):

  • In the study, compassion was described “as nurses caring for patients as individual human beings and the presence of their touch within one to one interactions.”
  • Compassion meant “providing encouragement in adversity and making time to be with individual patients.”
  • The nurses’ attitudes also demonstrated compassion.
  • The “unique experience personalised for individuals in relation to their own needs,” was the most important factor.
  • Compassionate nurses were those who “were seen as making time despite pressures.”
  • “According to some participants, this element of time needed only to be fleeting to establish a compassionate connection and need not be an arduous task”

What’s your take on the state of care and compassion at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation?

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1 Bramley, Louise, and Milika Matiti. “How does it really feel to be in my shoes? Patients’ experiences of compassion within nursing care and their perceptions of developing compassionate nurses.” Journal of clinical nursing 23.19-20 (2014): 2790-2799.

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