Welcome Staff to the Web Site for Dorothea Orem.


†††††††††††† Long term care facilities are an important part of our health care system because of the increasing elderly population.† Each resident in a facility is a special individual with a long and unique history. The reasons a resident lives in a long term care facility can change.† But the goal of long term care is always the same: to maintain or restore each residentís level of optimal functioning.

†Interventions by the nurse are† aimed at maintaining optimal cognitive function, promoting physical safety, improving communication, promoting independence in self care activities, providing for the residentís needs for socialization and intimacy, maintaining adequate nutrition, managing sleep pattern disturbances, and supporting and educating family caregivers.


†††††††††††† The Long term care environment provides opportunity for nurses to implement all aspects of Dorothea Oremís Self Care Model.† The plan for implementing this type of model into a long term care setting is to provide the staff with an in-service on Dorothea Oremís theory and how we as a multidisciplinary team can create an environment those values engaging the resident in their own personal care and functional activities.Ē











†††††††††††† During this informative and educational training you will be able to read Oremís theory and how it applies to the care we offer our patients every day.† The theory of self care is defined as the activities carried out by the resident to maintain their own health.† Self Care agency is the acquired ability to perform the self care which is affected by the basic conditioning factors such as age, gender, health care system, and family system. Part of your training will involve reading case studies and deciding whether these case studies are wholly compensatory, partly compensatory, and supportive educative.




 The staff will need to assess the patientís condition by using the methods explained by the nursing theory.

 Staff will identify the patients needs

 Staff will demonstrate effective communication and interaction with the patient


†††††††††††† Patient education will come at the resident council meeting.† We will educate the residents on Oremís theory.† We will provide a basic run down on this theory and will let them know what is expected from the staff while implementing the theory and how their participation in this activity can provide them with a sense of accomplishment and help them stay at their highest functioning level.† And if some unforeseen illness sets them back and they require more assistance from the staff the resident will understand what is expected of them to help them return to their highest function.


†††††††††††† Education for Oremís Theory will also be provided to the family so they will understand what the staff is doing and will also be encouraged to help the staff by encouraging their family member to as much as they can for them self.


Dorothea Elizabeth Orem

(1914 Ė June 22, 2007), born in Baltimore, Maryland, was a nursing theorist and founder of the Orem model of nursing, or Self Care Deficit Nursing Theory.