The Pioneer Network, an umbrella organization promoting culture change throughout the long-term care system, defines culture change as deep system change leading to the transformation of care that has involved a move from an institutional focus to one that is “consumer-directed”. Proponents of this process commonly refer to techniques associated with consumer-directed care in areas such as personal care (e.g. bathing, oral care, medication management), consistent assignment, promoting activities and recreation meaningful to residents, creating home environments (e.g. eliminating nursing stations, personalizing space), consumer-directed councils, and supporting preferred routines (e.g. flexibility in sleep and dining schedules). Each of these areas contains common themes of change such as autonomy in personal choices for the residents, supporting relationships between residents and staff, improving work environments for direct care workers, improved communication between residents and staff, and a less bureaucratic organizational approach.
Everyone involved with long-term care is represented in culture change, including providers, regulators, family members, advocates, consumers, educators, quality improvement organizations, and professional associations.
Anyone can join MOVE and the culture change movement. MOVE supports the mission and values of the Pioneer Network.
We have no membership requirements — anyone may attend MOVE meetings and access resources through MOVE.
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MOVE is an all volunteer organization. We engage part-time support to manage our website, maintain our database, and facilitate communications.
Most people who work in long-term care or who have family members receiving long-term care services want to provide better care. MOVE provides a supportive environment for exploring the possibilities of change and learning from national experts and each other how those changes can be made.
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