The future of resident center care is bright in Arkansas. We are creating many ripples across the state.
Change usually starts on a very small scale. People see a better way of doing something, or begin to question the basic way things have always been done in nursing homes. These leaders begin to experiment, try new approaches, and then share their successes with others. A few more will try the changes and join the movement. The movement begins to gain momentum.
We have been looking at changes across the state in our nursing homes. Now there are so many exciting changes happening, it is overwhelming!
Traditionally, nursing homes have been focused on the delivery of physical care to residents. Now we can also focus on the quality of life to individuals. We have moved forward not only in our thought processes, but also in the use of technology to improve the lives of our residents.
Many of our homes in Arkansas are using monitoring systems that allow increased freedom for residents, silent paging systems and new communication tools. We are embracing the technology of change to improve the quality of life of our residents.
“Quality of life” is a hard measure to define. Many people feel that quality of life relates to choice and control, positive and meaningful interactions, and quality medical care. (That works for us!) The regulatory process has started trying to quantify quality of life care.
Last month we talked about changes in the environment that allowed residents to keep their beloved pets, next month we will look at some of the new technologies that nursing homes in Arkansas are using to improve their residents quality of life!