The University at Buffalo has announced the creation of the Institute for Person-Centered Care, which is designed to meet the needs of people with chronic illness, frailty and physical or cognitive impairments.
Davina Porock, an associate dean for research and scholarship in the UB School of Nursing, will serve as director of the institute, which will involve UB's schools of nursing, public health and health professionals, social work and law, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The John R. Oishei Foundation and UB are funding the institute.
The IPCC grew from collaborations between UB faculty members and the Western New York Alliance for Person-Centered Care. Its education and training mission will be managed by Rhonda Rotterman, a registered nurse, who is board certified in gerontology and a licensed home administrator.
Person-centered care is an approach that began in nursing homes aimed at alleviating the boredom, loneliness and helplessness that people often feel. It includes high-quality physical care and provides for the emotional and psychological needs of people unable to satisfy those needs independently.
The IPCC research program will develop strategies of care and focus on education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with the goal of person-centered care interdisciplinary programs in aging and gerontology. It will also provide a variety of training and specialist topics and be guided by internal and external advisory groups to be appointed soon.