The Pioneer Network in New York has been a driver of the culture change movement to transform nursing homes into resident-centered communities. The Pioneer Network has been awarded a grant from the Picker Institute to move forward in their initiative to promote consumer engagement with person-centered culture change values, as it relates to long term care.
The Pioneer Network approached the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Culture Change Coalition, as one of three states to participate in the pilot study that will test strategies to optimize consumer involvement in culture change.
Through this grant, leaders in each state have been trained to hold small discussion groups in private homes that focus on culture change. This is a model similar to a book club and has been successfully implemented in other regions. The goal of this project is to increase consumer knowledge about aging and culture change. For questions, or if you are a consumer interested in attending a culture change focus group, please contact Mass Senior Care Foundation's Carolyn Blanks.