271168 Artifacts and Culture CHANGE: STRATEGIES to Create A Meaningful ENVIRONMENT for OLDER Adults

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD , School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
There has been a movement in the past ten years to change the model of care at long term care facilities from a medical model to a home/person centered model this movement is referred to as the culture change movement. This study set out to evaluate a culture change initiative within a rural Midwest state by comparing the facilities which have and have not participated in the culture change initiative. A survey entitled The Artifacts of Culture Change was mailed to the administrators of the rural based long term care facilities (N=79) . Over sixty facilities responded to the survey, six of which were involved in a specific enriched training initiative toward the “culture change” program. Findings: There was no significance between the six facilities in the program and the others not enlisted in the intervention program Facilities involved in the program tested higher in certain sub areas of the survey when compared to other facilities. The major areas of change included areas associated with activities and the environment. While the results showed that the facilities involved in the program had limited significant differences on the Artifacts of Culture Change Tool when compared with other facilities, it was clear that facilities involved with people who have disabilities were further ahead than most facilities. Conclusion: Principles used within the disability movement should be integrated into the aging care arena and adapted for public health facilities, rules and regulations to improve the environments of long term care facilities for older adults.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify at least three barriers or roadblocks to culture change. 2. Be able to articulate at least strategies to improve the culture within long term care facilities and promote one’s dignity and self worth. 3. Articulate at least three environmental areas which can be altered to create a cultural shift from "institution" to "home".

Keywords: Aging, Long-Term Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted this research and written a book on this topic. Currently I also serve on the Advisory Board for the Southern Illinois Pioneer Coalition, which targets systems change in long term care settings related to the culture change identified in this abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.