Empowering Elders and Building a Culture of Change: It Takes the Whole Team

FEB 12, 2013 at 1:00-4:30pm

To truly change the culture of a senior living setting, we need to create an authentic, bonded community among residents, staff and families. Creating that community, however, can be very challenging, as it requires integrating an organization’s traditional hierarchical model with the resident-centered, community approach.

Successful integration into a full community is well worth the effort, as the result is a unified and interactive culture that promotes a more functional and loving organization.

Please join us for this exciting day-long program as we learn how developing real person-centered community becomes part of a home’s routine and results in meaningful, empowered lives for residents as well as having a positive impact on your operational metrics. Together we will see how the person-centered community approach creates the link between an organization’s values and its practices each moment of each day.

This day of learning is designed for everyone including residents and their families, all levels of managers, nurses and other licensed professionals, direct caregivers, and support staff from all departments. The purpose of the day will be to provide the conceptual framework as well as practical skills so the team can participate in building a resident-centered culture that provides a voice and a choice for each person and for the community as a whole.

The learning process will be highly interactive. Come prepared to have a good time!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn to:

  • Articulate to their colleagues a model of culture change that integrates functional management with a person-centered community culture
  • Begin the process of resident-centered community development by establishing a community meeting
  • Use The Pleasure of Your Company as a model to engage the whole home in continuous learning to bridge loneliness, build interpersonal connection, and provide stimulation for the most isolated residents.


Barry and Debby Barkan are Co-Directors of The Live Oak Institute of Berkeley, CA. Barry has been inducted into the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social innovators around the world. The primary architect of such core programs as the Live Oak Project and the Elders Guild, he is a co-founder of Pioneer Network.

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Wellspring Conference Center
1475 Mt. Hood Ave.
Woodburn, OR 97071


Individual: $85
Organization: $100
(up to 5 attendees per organization)
Student: $35


8:30 a.m.

CE Credit

6 CEUs for NHAs, ALF, RCF and AFH


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