Saturday, July 5, 2014
Long-Term Care Culture Change Tests, Testimonies (Research, Video 4:00)
What makes a nursing home a home? What needs to happen to make that a reality? In recent years, more long-term care facilities across America have provided those answers through a culture change movement. This movement promotes the implementation of changes such as person-centered care and empowerment of residents and staff working together.
Nursing home administrators play a crucial role in culture change by promoting strategies to overcome barriers that prevent new and better practices. Culture change research identifying barriers 64 administrators faced and strategies they used was done through in-depth individual interviews. Not surprisingly, results showed that key barriers to culture change included staff, residents, and family members resistant to change. Administrators stressed the importance of including all stakeholders in ongoing and reciprocal communication, education, and training to overcome this resistance.
This video features firsthand accounts of staff members recalling their before and after experiences involving long-term care culture change:
Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.