Plenty of people accept the status quo of long-term care as it is. They are willing to change the industry’s surface features but want to retain its most basic assumptions. There is one very big problem with that point of view. The foundation of contemporary long-term care is based on immoral and deeply flawed assumptions. […]
Read Part 1 of Abolishing the Old Age Asylum here. I’ve been working hard to change the system of long-term-care in our country and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish but— there is much that remains to be done. As it stands today, too many people are compelled to surrender […]
Last month a friend at McKnight’s Long Term Care News contacted me looking to recruit someone to write a guest column about culture change, yet another example of how the philosophy and principles of culture change are fast becoming mainstream in the long term care industry.
Chris Perna, CEO of The Eden Alternative, took up the challenge and submitted a great column on the argument for well-being in culture change that was published last week at McKnight’s. Here’s an excerpt:
From the Picker Report on Aging in America: Last month The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care released a new guide book to help people with questions about long-term care services navigate the system and better advocate for themselves. The new tool, Piecing Together Quality Long-Term Care: A Consumer’s Guide to Choices and Advocacy, is designed […]
BREAKING NEWS — One of the remarkable outtakes from Provider Magazine’s May cover story “Culture Change Goes Main Stream,” is the dramatic increase of awareness of the culture change movement in recent years. In 2005, nearly three-quarters of health care opinion leaders surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund were unfamiliar with the concept of “culture change,” […]
The popular misconception is that the only “problems” within aging services are related to nursing homes. This falsehood reminds me of the ancient royal concept of the “whipping boy.” I sometimes think that all of the sins and defects of the system are loaded onto nursing homes so that other parts of the system can […]