Transition Health Services has been inspired by the efforts of the Pioneer Network, a nationwide group of individuals who are concerned about the quality of life in our country’s nursing homes. These pioneers have been changing the way in which residents and staff live and work together in long-term care communities.
In sharing the vision of the Pioneer Network, Transition Health Services has begun implementing new models of living and working in a long-term care setting. Our homes are applying historically successful, common sense approaches to living and caring for residents. This social model creates long-term care communities where residents can live their lives with an empowered team of caregivers who enjoy assisting them.
What is Culture Change?
“Culture” refers to the predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization. The definition of “Change” is “to cause to be different” or “to transform.”
Any organization’s culture is defined by its traditions, management style, services, social networks, use of language, etc. So, Culture Change is laying aside many of our old attitudes and behaviors regarding resident care, environment and management and adopting new, more relevant ones.
Evidence of Culture Change. . .
Our vision of Culture Change is a blending of ideas, philosophies and environments driven by residents and staff, creating a homelike environment unique to each community. This may involve:
- Enhanced dining programs such as Family Style Dining.
- Empowering residents to schedule their Activities of Daily Living.
- Neighborhoods, as opposed to medical units/halls, designed and named by the residents who live there.
- Neighborhood associations, strengthening communities through active involvement with the staff.
- Programs that enhance the individuality of each community, such as massage therapy.
- Spa-inspired bathing environments.
- Encouraging residents to personalize living space to their own unique taste.
- Social activities reflective of resident interests and abilities.
- Intergenerational activities and opportunities for interaction.
- Plants and animals encouraging a life enhancing environment.