Over 60 speakers will provide presentations on a wide variety of topics related to culture change in long-term care at the 5th Eden Alternative International Conference June 13-15 in Denver. This conference also includes a research panel, bringing together experts such as myself from the United States and other countries who have completed research on a variety of topics impacting older persons.
As a long-term care researcher, I’ve found that research plays a vitally important role in improving care to older persons. All long-term care organizations should make it a priority to provide the best, evidence–based care possible.
Evidence-based care is developed as a result of systematic inquiry. It leads to the best course of action in the provision of care that is scientifically based rather than based on past practice or best guesses.
For example, I’ve completed research to determine if the Eden Alternative improved the outcomes of residents living in a long-term care facility. Both residents and staff in the Eden homes I focused on reported that residents had improved outcomes and better lives because of the Eden Alternative. Factors that led to improvement included: bathing instead of showering, restaurant style dining, development of neighborhoods that included permanent assignments, meaningful activities, and decisions made as close to the resident as possible.
I will be sharing details from my research at the Eden Alternative International Conference this June in Denver.
— Dr. Cheryl Kruschke, RN, Associate Professor at Regis University