- Culture Change in Texas Nursing Homes (PDF format), Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services — 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 resident-centered model.
- Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes— Person-centered care is an approach to care that focuses on residents as individuals and supports caregivers working most closely with them. It involves a continual process of listening, testing new approaches, and changing routines and organizational approaches in an effort to individualize and de-institutionalize the care environment. Person-centered care, a non-pharmacological intervention, is the central theme of the Hand in Hand training. Training materials consist of an orientation guide and six 1-hour video-based modules (each module has a DVD and instructor guide). While annual training for nurse aides on dementia care and abuse prevention is required in current nursing home regulations, it does not require nursing homes to use Hand in Hand specifically as a training tool. The training series was mailed free to all nursing homes, regional offices and state survey agencies in September 2012.
- Direct Support: Working with Older Adults and Individuals with Physical Disabilities — This video shows real direct support workers at work, describing their job duties and talking honestly about the rewards and challenges of their work. Watching this video can help job applicants decide if a direct support position working with older adults and people with physical disabilities is right for them. The total run time is about 20 minutes.
- Consistent Assignment in Nursing Homes — A great video about the benefits of consistent assignment produced by the Michigan QIO in collaboration with the Michigan LANE and the Michigan Alliance for Person-centered Communities (the culture change coalition).
- The Role of Nursing in the Household Model — In this five minute video, Steven Shields, from Meadowlark Hills, describes the role of nurses in institutional nursing homes and how that role changes in the household model.
- Dance Therapy — Dance therapy as a means of intervention for dementia and Alzheimer's disease and special needs children in long-term care communities.
- The Sleepover Project — This 25-minute video, presented by David Dillard of D2 Architecture from Dallas Texas, describes an informal research project conducted by his staff. The Sleepover Project examines the "impact of observation and physical experience on design for seniors." Its goal is to "gain insight into the daily lives of aging seniors who reside in assisted living and skilled nursing communities." D2 employees accomplished this project by spending 24 hours in each of 40 facilities and keeping a diary of their experiences.
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February 13, 2014