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Pamela Mills, Director of Memory Care Programs
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ingleside Well Being Philosophy – Autonomy

In our last issue we introduced Ingleside’s Well Being Philosophy and it’s six elements:

  • Autonomy
  • Wellness
  • Purposeful Living
  • Connection
  • Being Seen
  • Authentic Living

This philosophy serves as our guiding principle for cultivating well-being for every individual living at Ingleside, with a particular emphasis in supporting those with neurocognitive disorders.  Let’s focus on element #1:  Autonomy.  What does this mean and how do we promote autonomy in our daily interactions with Ingleside residents?


Autonomy: A person’s natural human right to self-determination, choice and control within his or her daily life, encompassing all day to day experiences, in the least restrictive, therapeutically supportive and utmost preferred manner.  Through the practice of Autonomy, Ingleside supports self-sufficiency and self-rule, respecting a person’s rights and agency.  

Ingleside communities practice the element of Autonomy by consciously recognizing each person through knowing their story and preferences, present and future interests.  Staff implement programs and services in alignment with these interests and preferences, while also making reasonable accommodations and accessibility methods available for persons whose physical or cognitive limitations and/or language barriers may hinder his or her ability to make these choices known.

Resources that facilitate the element of Autonomy include a subscription to the MemoryWell biographical program (similar to Facebook) that the person, family or representative can administrate with personalized assistance from the company.  The person, family or representative also is encouraged to complete an “All About Me” questionnaire, that details preferences, interests, and a variety of methods for us to know each person according to their history, best abilities and wishes.

Autonomy is a key component of person-directed living.  Through person-directed living, we put to use the knowledge we gain through modeling the day around each person, acknowledging that his or her flourishing is an incentive behind why we do, what we do.

“Love ... is the honoring of others in a way that grants them the grace of their own autonomy and allows mutual discovery.” –Anne Truitt






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