In his blog highlighted in, www.changingaging.org, Dr. Power talks about it is time to get serious with real culture change. Healthcare workers need to change the way we view behaviors in dementia residents. He goes on to point out that as we reduce medications with side effects that produce sedation, we will have to start changing our organizational structures.
The crisis he talks about is not the increase in behaviors of residents, but in us, are we ready to change the way we our caring for our residents. Are we as healthcare providers ready to take on true person- centered care, person-directed care or care driven by a new culture of education?
Are we ready to provide education and resources to our staff to engage and understand our residents with dementia?
Dr. Power asks if we have the courage to change our way of care, to meet the crisis by steady shifts in change, slowly turning down the fire under our crisis.
In Arkansas, we are going to try! With assistance from many resources, including Dr. Power. Many of our homes are opening memory units, using special tools for training and sending staff to training. Some of our homes are using music and memory programs, flexible staffing and activity programs. We have many links and tools on our website. If you would like to read Dr. Power’s blog and see some of the innovators in care, visit his page at, Time to Get Serious
Many of our homes are joining with community providers to help raise money and awareness for disease process that may cause dementia and behaviors. Joining with other’s to encourage education for staff. Together we can meet this crisis with courage and not blame.
As always we are thankful for the pioneers of change, like Dr. Power and Dr. Thomas who’s courage to promote innovative ideas have inspired other’s to slowly reach for low-hanging fruit, then move on to the next level.