What is Culture Change?

MOVE (Making Oregon Vital for Elders)

“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)


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