A Guide to Better Care Options
the moment we are born, we are aging. Yet many of us
fear our own aging, as well as dependency and loss of control. Many of
us have watched helplessly as our parents, spouses, or other loved ones
lose their choice of where and how they receive care. Understandably, at
the thought that we might have to move away from our own homes when we
need long-term care, we fear losing dignity and privacy. These losses
are powerful reasons for change. The present and the past do not have to
be the future if we act together now.
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website will direct you to resources that we hope you will find helpful
as current or future consumers of long-term care, as well as advocates
all want to make our own choices about how and where
we live. An informed consumer makes better choices. Since we are all
getting older, we need to create a vision about meaningful choices and a
strategy that will make those choices available. The culture change
movement is working to create these choices.
works to create
home wherever we live. The term culture change refers to a
transformation of long-term care services. Culture change focuses on person-directed care,
sometimes also referred to as person-centered care. Person-directed care
values include dignity, respect, purposeful living, and having the
freedom to make informed choices about daily life and health care.
care can be changed. It can be different. Many nursing homes are
changing and have changed, which proves that it can be done. Consumers can create the demand for this new
type of long-term care.
> What Is Long Term Care?What
is Culture Change?Why
Do We Need Culture Change in Nursing Homes?What
Is It Changing?
Does Culture Change Look Like?What
Are My Choices?What
Level of Care Should I Be Looking For?How
Do I Get Information About Nursing Homes?Key QuestionsWhat
If There Are No Nursing Homes Doing Culture Change in My Area?What
Care and Culture Change Glossary