“Culture change” is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.
Culture change transformation supports the creation of both long and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings where both older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life.
Culture change transformation may require changes in organization practices, physical environments, relationships at all levels and workforce models — leading to better outcomes for consumers and direct care workers without inflicting detrimental costs on providers.
For additional information, see:
- Carmen S. Bowman “Creating Home in the Nursing Home: A National Symposium on Culture Change and the Environment Requirements”. 2008. The entire paper can be Downloaded Here (PDF).
- Barbara Bowers, Ph.D., R.N., Kim Nolet, B.S., Tonya Roberts, B.S., R.N., Sarah Esmond, M.S. “Implementing Change in Long-Term Care”. University Wisconsin–Madison, School of Nursing. The Commonwealth Fund, a New York City-based private, independent foundation. [Grants #20020672; 9/1/02-12/31/03 & #20070611; 6/1/07-9/1/07] Download (PDF)