Changing the culture of nursing homes is an evolving process. It begins with viewing nursing homes as places where people live – not just places where people go to work.
It also means respecting
the wishes and needs of
those who live there.

The DADS Culture Change Initiatives mission
is to promote and support nursing home providers as they transform from a
traditional system-directed culture to one that is person-directed or centered.

Culture Change is a national movement
that aims to de-institutionalize the environment of nursing homes. It involves
moving away from the traditional model of care towards a more person-directed model.

At its heart, culture change is about changing the culture of nursing homes
so that the preferences of individuals living in and
working at the nursing home are both considered and respected.
Click here for a letter (in PDF format) from the DADS commissioner
about the agency's culture change initiative.