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More positive, less stressful, individualised care

Planetree is a non-profit organisation that provides education and information to facilitate person-centred care in healing environments. It is the only program to formally recognise excellence in person-centred care.

Planetree is a person-centred and holistic approach to healthcare which means:

  • caring for each person as an individual
  • recognising their mental, social, emotional, spiritual and physical care needs.

Metro South Health is proud to be a Planetree Affiliate Member. We have now commenced our journey towards formal Planetree Recognition.

The Planetree philosophy of care

  • We are human beings, caring for other human beings
  • We are all caregivers
  • Care giving is best achieved through kindness and compassion
  • Safe, accessible, high quality care is fundamental to person-centred care
  • Care should meet people's needs holistically—through body, mind and spirit
  • Family, friends and loved ones are vital to the healing process
  • Access to understandable health information can empower individuals to participate in their health care
  • It is essential to give individuals the opportunity to make personal choices related to their care
  • Physical environments can enhance healing, health and wellbeing
  • Illness can be a transformational experience for patients, families and caregivers

Planetree components

The ten components of the Planetree philosophy are:

  1. Communicate through human touch: Using caring touch to reduce anxiety, pain and stress in patients, families and staff members.
  2. Family, friends and social support: Encouraging the involvement of family and friends as partners in the care experience whenever possible.
  3. Information and education: Providing patients with information and educational resources so they can actively participate in their own care.
  4. Healthy communities: Working together in partnership with community groups, schools, aged care facilities and other community partners for the health and wellness of the community.
  5. People caring for people: Caring for others as human beings. All individuals are caregivers and have the ability to influence the experience of patients and their families.
  6. Food as therapy: Providing delicious, healthy meals and making good food choices available to patients, families and staff.
  7. Overall wellbeing: Encouraging patients to actively participate in other activities to improve their overall wellbeing, including exercise, social activities and other complementary therapies.
  8. Architectural and interior design: Creating quiet, healing environments using evidence based design principles that create homelike and welcoming settings.
  9. Spirituality: Supporting connections with spirituality in healing for patients, families and staff.
  10. Arts and entertainment: Using music, artwork and crafts to enhance the clinical environment.

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Last updated 9 December 2016
Last reviewed 30 August 2016

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