Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is looking for patients to write stories about for the Living History Program©.
If you are a patient who receives treatment while at PCRMC and participate in the program, a life story will be written about you. It will be a history of who you are and what you have done.
All parts of your life play a role in your well-being. By knowing your story, PCRMC can better treat and encourage you as a patient.
Through the program, a storywriter will come and talk with you about your life, including where you were born, where you have lived, what you do (or did) for a living, what hobbies and interests you have and things about your family. You should feel free to share whatever information you want and none that you feel uncomfortable telling.
The PCRMC storywriter will write your story and let you read it to make sure it is accurate. When the story is written, it becomes a gift to the patient and his or her family, but the story also becomes a useful tool for the healthcare team.
The Living History Program© provides a document that brings to life the history of PCRMC’s patients and allows healthcare workers to provide care to the heart and soul of the patient, not just the diagnosis or condition.
The benefits of giving care with a personalized life story available are tremendous. Nurses and physicians use the information in the story to increase their connectivity with the patient. PCRMC staff learns to understand and appreciate patients better through the use of their personal stories.
In addition, the story is used by social workers and case managers in the discharge planning process. A Living History increases satisfaction of the patient, family and members of the healthcare team.
If you come back to PCRMC as a patient, your story can be updated, if necessary.
You have the option of keeping your story confidential, but many of the patients like to share their story. So if you are comfortable with your history, you can sign a release form and PCRMC may include your story in hardbound books that will include the histories of many others. These books will be available at PCRMC.
For more information about the Living History Program©, contact PCRMC Guest Relations at 573-458-7878.