1. The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
2. A vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation:
verb (used with object)
1. To envision, or picture mentally: They tried to vision themselves in an institution at the end of their life.
People living in long-term care settings have been frequently left out of the conversation about how they think long-term care should be set up, changed or managed on a day-to-day basis. There have been many ideas on how to capture residents’ voice on assessments, surveys or care plan meetings.
The idea of person-centered or person-directed care has been an emerging vision in the long-term care field. This emerging vision is changing the way we “measure” quality.
This change has not just been the vision of older adults, but of young people who hope to change the way we set up health care concepts. One thought that is common to all the generations is innovation is the key to excellence. All over the news people are talking about innovation. There are a lot of questions about what innovation means in the long-term care industry.
One definition of innovation is that it is a process of finding novel solutions to important problems. See more at http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/04/14/what-is-innovation-2/#sthash.LxvyiCZR.dpuf
The problems facing long-term care are very important. Everyone has heard of the vast number of baby boomers coming in to the health system. Many articles are being written about the increasing number of people with a cognitive disease process. In the above mentioned blog, the author talks about the models of innovation. Several are mentioned including disruption, sustaining and break-through innovation.
In Arkansas we are using all these innovation models to change the long-term care setting. Music and memory projects using the latest research on music and its link to the brain is one model. We’re also seeing pets in our homes and the amazing way residents respond to them. Another is the idea of sleep being the basis for healing and how if we do not get the quality of sleep we need, we may have poor outcomes in our homes. And we’re looking at how in an effort to prevent falls, we may be causing more harm than good with use of our alarms. This list goes on and on.
If you would like to hear about these wonderful visionary ideas and the people who are finding novel solutions to important problems, check out AIPP’s 2nd Annual Culture Symposium scheduled for June 23.
You, too, can “boldly go … and change the world of long term care.”