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The Tubbe model is built on a fundamental principle: nursing home residents are to be involved in decisions about their daily lives and the place where they live. Equally, staff involvement is key.  As regards the senior management, their role shifts from classic management to a coaching role.

This philosophy is based on six basic principles which are essential:

  1. To promote the autonomy and self-esteem of every resident. To identify and enhance residents’ abilities and talents.
  2. To involve residents and staff in decisions relating to the way in which day-to-day life is organised in rest and care homes.
  3. To offer shared experiences and responsibilities that enable staff and residents to take part in the same activities together (cooking, cleaning, leisure activities, etc.).
  4. To foster relationships with family and the local community (volunteers, schools, etc.).
  5. To create ownership and commitment to change and a shared vision between staff and residents, based on a step-by-step approach and open communication.
  6. To maximize the autonomy and ability of staff to make decisions by adopting a leader-coach approach.

In a nutshell, the aim of the Tubbe model is to create an environment in which every individual can be themselves, feel at home and live in line with what they want and what makes sense to them.  As part of this, every resident is encouraged to participate in the running of the organisation.

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