NJ Wide – New Jersey joins 39 other states in the nation-wide effort to transform traditional long-term care, with the establishment of The New Jersey Alliance for Culture Change. Established in Spring 2012, the purpose of the Alliance is to advance culture change in long-term care settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, throughout the state of New Jersey.
“Culture change” is defined as the transformation from traditional, institutional practices to person-directed practices where residents’ and staff members’ opinions are encouraged and respected. This philosophy of person-centered care is encouraged in both long and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings, where those receiving care, and their caregivers, are able to be part of the decisions that affect their daily lives.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this alliance,” says Vice Chairwoman Toni Lynn Davis, CEO of Green Hill Inc., in West Orange, NJ. “Denise B. Scott the Chairwoman and I are very passionate about moving culture change ahead in New Jersey giving elders a better quality of life and care.”
“Creating a culture in which nursing home residents and their caregivers have more of a say in their daily lives will improve the environment of care,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. “The New Jersey Department of Health is proud to be part of this growing national movement and we commend the New Jersey Alliance for Culture Change for making this initiative a reality. We know it will make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of New Jersey’s older adults.”
The New Jersey Alliance for Culture Change consists of providers, professionals, organizations and agencies that are committed to serving as a resource and inspiration to those new to the culture change journey, as well as those further along in their transformation. It is focused on providing education and training opportunities to help transform long-term care communities across the state into more viable environments where residents do not just survive, but continue to lead a life of purpose.
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