There is a growing movement across the United States to fundamentally change the way nursing homes operate. "Culture Change" is the term that is used to describe the transformational change that many nursing homes are beginning to embrace. The culture change movement recognizes the need for nursing homes in the continuum of care, but seeks to dramatically alter the way in which that care is delivered.
Culture change is a term used to refer to care that focuses on people and relationships. A resident-centered or culture changed nursing home can be defined as an organization that has:
- Close relationships existing between residents, family members, staff, and community;
- Residents direct their own care and living choices (e.g., daily schedules, food choices, other decisions);
- Personnel organized around the needs and desires of residents rather than by departments;
- Management that allows collaborative and group decision making;
- Processes/measures that are used for continuous quality improvement;
- A living environment that is designed to be a home rather than an institution.
To provide support and expertise to California's nursing homes assisting them to become models for quality of care, quality of life and quality of work.
California's nursing homes will be great communities in which to live and work.
Culture change requires that people make a commitment to altering the way staff work and residents are served in nursing homes. The goals for culture change include the following:
- Provide a forum that is inclusive of all partners who represent the nursing home community;
- Create a unified effort to build empowered relationship-centered communities in nursing homes throughout California;
- Establish a statewide network of culture change resources for providers that supports transformational change; and
- Promote the values, principles and practices of the culture change movement throughout California through identification and dissemination of innovative models of person-centered care and facility management that support relationship-centered communities.
To learn more about the California Culture Change Coalition click here