Defining Culture Change

Culture change supports the creation of both long and short-term living environments as well as home and community-based settings where both older adults and their care partners are able to express choice and practice self-determination in their daily life.

Culture change is the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working closely with them are solicited and respected. Core person-directed values are relationship, choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.

This may require changes in fundamental organizational and individual beliefs and philosophies, in practices, in physical environments, in relationships and in workforce models. These culture changes lead to better outcomes for elders, their families and the care workers.

In the adoption of person-directed care, the Pioneer Network is collaborating with stakeholders across the long-term care community including policy makes, consumers, researchers, educators and partner organizations. For further reading, the Case Studies in Person Directed Care outlines organizations taking this culture change journey.

For Pioneer Network's culture change resources, click here.

New Pioneer Network Webinar Series: CULTURE CHANGE in ACTION Webinars, Growing Person-Centeredness, 60-minutes each, featuring information on innovative ideas supporting best practices and led by guides who are subject matter experts and leaders in the Culture Change movement.  Registration link HERE.

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