The culture change model and your memory care community
Over the past several years, the culture change model has emerged as a method of resident care throughout senior living and memory care communities. This concept focuses on providing residents with a home-like, comfortable environment, and gives them autonomy in personal and life choices. Rather than focusing on the things residents can no longer accomplish on their own and providing the necessary assistance, the culture change model emphasizes what they still can do, allowing for a holistic approach to caregiving.
Benefits of a person-centered approach
Staff members will work together and the residents, as the culture change model recognizes the importance of strong relationships in providing the highest level of care. Consistent team assignments, a collaborative leadership style, and personalized care plans that actively involve family members are all examples of core elements of the person-centered approach. Below are just some of the benefits of the culture change model:
Increases resident satisfaction and life expectancy.
Residents report feeling happier as they receive a high level of individualized care and while maintaining independence. This helps increase longevity, as residents continue to feel like they still have a purpose in life.
Reduces boredom and feelings of helplessness among residents.
The person-centered approach focuses on providing daily tasks and activities. This can help reduce some of the boredom and helplessness some residents may experience. The staff learns what activities are enjoyed most – whether it’s listening to music, painting, or playing games with others – and then incorporates those activities into daily routines.
Improves mental health.
Providing stimulating activities help decrease feelings of loneliness and depression, which can improve overall cognition and mental health.
Respects the residents’ needs and abilities.
Residents feel a higher level of respect when they are allowed to make their own decisions. Focusing on their individual needs and abilities provides them with a better sense of control over their lives.
Promotes a supportive environment.
People come first in the culture change model. This means not only will residents feel supported and better cared for, but the staff will, too.
Builds relationships between staff members.
Team members work together with specific groups of residents, building relationships with all those involved. They also report a higher level of satisfaction in their work, which leads to less employee turnover.