The state of Arkansas is taking a leadership role in the culture change movement with an innovative program designed to bring the best concepts from the Eden Alternative, Green House Project and Pioneer Network and other culture change philosophies to nursing homes across the state.
In partnership with the state’s Office of Long Term Care and the Arkansas Health Care Association, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program (AIPP) has entered its second year working with 10 nursing homes and one assisted living facility in an intensive culture change program.
The program was highlighted in a news story by the Log Cabin Democrat this week:
St. Andrew’s Place in Conway is taking part a statewide program that will build on current efforts to make “person-centered care” a reality in Arkansas’ nursing homes.
The concept is simple but challenging: Give residents more of a voice in daily decision-making, and strengthen relationships to make life in the home more like life outside one.
Carol Shockley, the director of the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care added that through the example of these first culture change homes, the goal will be to develop training and resources to be made available to care facilities throughout the state. Key to the program’s success will be acting as a model and catalyst to create fundamental changes in the way communities, healthcare professionals, and each homes’ front line staff think about and approach the operation of skilled nursing homes.
As part of the mission to engage the community in the culture change movement, AIPP also launched the Arkansas Culture Change blog. It’s one of the first local culture change blogs ever created and worth bookmarking.
Arkansas currently has one active Eden Alternative registered home at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home in El Dorado. Stay tuned to the Eden Alternative Blog for regular updates and developments on the world of culture change.