On June 23 in Little Rock at the second annual Culture Change Symposium, many people connected and networked on different topics. The title of the symposium Exploration of Change and Meaning said for many what health care workers were striving for in their workplace.
Attendees networked with nursing homes from around the state who had implemented changes in their homes to honor residents, staff and family choice. They talked with individuals who shared what helped them succeed and what created obstacles to their culture change journey. Carmen Bowman, the featured speaker, talked about eliminating alarms and lead discussions and Q-and-A sessions. Carmen has spoken before in Arkansas on changes in dining and new practice in dining.
Quality of life
Medicare.gov has information on how to check your nursing home’s quality of life. The website also has suggestions on what questions to ask of your nursing home. These questions were the topic of discussion at the symposium and the culture change gallery
Will I be treated in a respectful way?
Nursing home staff members in the gallery of homes showed how they interact with their residents and how the residents journal their lives at the home.
How will the nursing home help me participate in social, recreational, religious, or cultural activities that are important to me? Can I decide when I want to participate?
The gallery featured several homes that discussed examples of how residents made various special requests and what the home did in response, including how the homes balanced the “safety versus risk” question.
Do I get to choose what time to get up, go to sleep or bathe?
Speakers from two of our nursing homes spoke to the symposium crowd about ways to make resident choice a top priority.
Can I have visitors at any time? Will the nursing home let me see visitors who come to visit at early or late hours?
Several homes showed how they used activities and participation to make the home welcome not just for the residents, but for the entire community.
Is transportation provided to community activities?
Nursing homes in the gallery showed not only how to transport well, but also how to make the nursing home the center of their community, using the residents as the driving force in this effort.
Can I bring my pet/can my pet visit?
Paws4Seniors talked about allowing pets in the nursing home and how this can be a positive influence for staff and residents alike.
Can I decorate my living space any way I want?
Homes showed off how many residents used their own pictures and sentimental favorites to make their room into a real home.
How will the nursing home make sure I have privacy when I have visitors or personal care services?
Carmen led several talks and networking discussions that centered on resident choice and protecting resident rights.
We can go on forever about how we are “boldly going where no nursing homes have gone before,” but we’ll leave you for now ( with just some pictures of our exploration of our journey). The symposium was a huge success that is going to lead to a better life for both residents and staff. Make sure to keep visiting our website for information and future events, and keep an eye out for next year’s symposium!