Direct Care Alliance explores the movement to the "culture change way" and how to empower direct care workers to improve care
The contacts on this list of Eden Registered Homes and Green
Houses can provide advice on starting the culture change
journey, motivating staff and leadership. You may contact them to
set up tours of their facilities and
talk to them about how, why and where culture change took place.
Changing the existing physical environment of nursing homes in
ways that improve residents' quality of life and without major
expenditures can happen. It simply requires a commitment to improve
the living environment for all residents – not to simply
become homelike, but to become an actual home for the residents
within the larger community of the overall nursing home. The
Design on a Dollar journey provides easy "how-to"
instructions and tips to make environmental changes cost-effective
while involving your whole community.
The primary purpose of state culture coalitions is to advance
culture change in their respective states. Coalition activities
often include educational programs and networking meetings for
providers; education and involvement of consumers; communications
including a newsletter and website; and education of policymakers
and regulators about culture change.
Dining With Friends is a program that offers innovative solutions to the adverse effects dementia has on nutrition, hydration and socialization.
Many facilities struggle financially to meet nutritional needs, maintain the 12-hour rule and offer meal choices. The Hot Food Cart is a system that allows residents to choose meal choices and how much they want to eat. It is based on the philosophy that a care facility is home to a resident and they should have a voice in what food they are served.
Promising Practices in Dining is the first topic in Pioneer Network's Promising Practice tool that re-evaluates the methods by which providers honor resident dignity and choice in dining. Pioneer Network has incorporated and highlighted promising practices in dining from a broad range of nursing homes and care settings to create this easy-to-use resource.