Changing LTC Culture

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The culture change movement is a re-thinking of the whole philosophy about long term care and the way such care is delivered. It includes an emphasis on resident-centered individualized care, resident choice, and also focuses on empowering the direct care worker who provides most of the hands-on care for residents. To learn more about culture change and specific practices encouraged by the culture change movement and to find out what you can do to foster the spread of culture change principles in your facility, click on the following links:

  • The Eden Alternative - This national, nonprofit organization works to change how care is provided to elders by creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners. This site provides a wealth of information about person-directed principles and practices in recognition of individual needs regardless of where one lives.
  • The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute - This national organization seeks to improve the quality of care services by promoting a quality direct-care workforce. The 'resource’ page has useful training for direct care providers and also training modules for care recipients engaged in consumer-directed care on how to choose, hire and supervise your personal care assistant.
  • The Pioneer Network - This national organization works to create home and community for elders by changing the culture of long term care from institutional provider models to more consumer-driven models. You may find the ‘For Consumers’ sections particularly helpful.
  • Virginia Culture Change Coalition
  • Consumer Voice's Fact Sheet: Culture Change in Nursing Homes