A significant trend in the long-term care industry is transitioning nursing homes from a traditional model of a care to a model that focuses on the needs of individuals. Culture Change is a national movement whose mission is to “promote and support nursing home providers as they transform from a traditional system-directed culture to one that is person-directed.” The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) created the Culture Change in Texas Long-term Care initiative to support nursing home providers with this transition. This website serves as a main source of information related to nursing home culture change.
In addition to basic information about the initiative, this website contains the tools, training, and access to experts needed to de-institutionalize the culture of nursing homes. The “Training” tab of the website links to a variety of culture change training events, available to interested parties across Texas. The “Library” section includes articles, videos, brochures, and other publications relating to this transition in long-term care. Finally, the “DADS Experts” tab connects nursing home providers looking to implement culture change with experienced professionals in areas of their need. These expert areas include quality monitoring and regulatory services, among others.
How to Use
Changing the culture of a nursing home requires significant preparation and education. Nursing home providers across the state of Texas can use this website to find the resources they need to transition from a traditional nursing home model to a more individual-oriented environment. Keeping up with the calendar of events and other fresh content on the website gives nursing homes the best chance to keep pace with the changes. Planners, community leaders, and local officials, preparing for the implications of the upcoming age shift, can use this website to gain an understanding of the changes nursing homes are implementing to better meet the needs of older adults who require nursing home care.
Web Resource: Culture Change in Texas Long-Term Care Website