The Seaton Foundation was founded in 1984 to be a catalyst for improving long-term care for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Historically long-term care has been viewed as institutional, custodial, and oriented primarily towards the maintenance of the person’s health and safety, often in lieu of issues related to well-being and quality of life. This can lead to a lack of growth. Human beings don’t “plateau” unless their needs are no longer being met. At the core, the Seaton Foundation is based on the belief that individuals can continue to grow if their environment continues to meet their needs to thrive, rather than just survive.
I have worked with adults with cognitive disabilities in long-term care for over 40 years. During this time, I have found that individuals can experience continued growth when they are provided with meaningful relationships, a sense of belonging, purpose, and personal choice. Care and support is most successful when it goes beyond health and safety and focuses on the individual as a whole.
The Seaton Foundation is committed to developing holistic approaches that improve long-term care for individuals with cognitive disabilities. By providing innovative education, training and research opportunities to both long-term care professionals and university students from a variety of health-related disciplines, The Seaton Foundation is making a valuable contribution towards infusing advanced methods into long-term care and preparing the next generation of care providers and leaders to make an effective and positive contribution to the industry.