Montessori Principles

At Catholic Homes, we take a flexible and proactive approach to caring. Our care model, ‘Care with Purpose’ focuses on helping each person to live a life of purpose in an environment that promotes independence and engagement. Our model supports people to achieve their potential and is centred on knowledge of the person’s past, their current abilities, and physical, social and emotional needs. It promotes independence by encouraging and supporting people to do as much as possible for themselves, so they remain active and busy. Care with Purpose is based on Montessori principles and incorporates our Values of Joy, Love and Hospitality.

Who is Maria Montessori?

Dr Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was one of the most influential educators of the 20th century. Montessori developed a method of education based on the observation of children. Her method attracted worldwide attention and acclaim because of its remarkable results with children, and she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

How does it relate to older adults?

Many of us are familiar with the term ‘Montessori’ as it applies to education but few of us are familiar with the application of Montessori methods for older adults. It wasn’t until the 1990s that clinicians such as Dr. Cameron Camp starting applying the concepts to older people, and subsequent research has shown that it can offer significant benefits to this client group.

The Approach has been shown to be a flexible, innovative way of circumventing some of the losses associated with ageing. There is clear evidence of increased levels of engagement and participation in activities when Montessori Approaches are implemented. The Montessori Approach has also been shown to improve quality of life for residents with cognitive impairment such as dementia, as well as older adults in general.