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Tag: Culture Transformation

Does Culture Change Impact Quality of Care?

The focus of culture change models of care has been to improve the quality of life for residents, but the impact of culture change on quality of care has remained unclear in the research literature. Recently, researchers examined how nursing homes identified by experts as “culture change providers” differed in quality of care outcomes in comparison to similar nursing homes that...

Concerns about Discrimination Against Individuals with AIDS and HIV in Senior Housing

The population of individuals living into older age with HIV is increasing. It is estimated that within the next year, 50 percent of those living with HIV will be over the age of 50. These individuals have a multitude of experiences and unique conditions related to this disease. The increasing numbers of older adults with HIV are due to multiple causes; for instance, older adults who...

The Importance of Social Relations When Considering Older Consumers

Scholars in marketing and sociology have examined how the consumption of goods and services is a factor in how people construct their social identity. This area of research has examined how categories such as gender, “youth,” or ethnic identity are expressed by consumers, but has yet to examine how consumption practices influence identities in older adulthood. How does the...

Nursing Homes in Print News Media: Mostly Negative Coverage

There is a perception that the public has generally negative views of nursing homes (NHs), which is likely to be influenced by their portrayal in the media. A content analysis of 1,562 articles published in four majorU.S.print newspapers finds a tendency toward negative reporting about NHs. Positive stories were less likely to be prominently displayed and tended to focus on local...

Turn, Turn, Turn: A Circular Model for Culture Change Education

Turn, Turn, Turn: A Circular Model for Culture Change Education
The group circle has not been a particularly fashionable structure for holding meetings between adults. In the U.S., sitting in a circle is chiefly reserved for preschool and kindergarten students, tucked somewhere between snack time and nap time. However, no other group formation naturally lends itself to an egalitarian and open discussion quite as well a circle. This premise was the...

Evidence for the Patient-Centered Model of Care

A recent brief in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that the patient-centered model is gaining international evidence and support. The brief cites a recent international study by the Commonwealth Fund that, every three years, surveys adults with complex medical care needs about their medical experiences. The survey, which includes patients from North America,...

Assessing Pain in Dementia Patients

Individuals with moderate-to-severe dementia have difficulty in reporting pain to caregivers and other care providers. Because of this, a number of observational pain assessment measures have been developed in recent years. Since these are all relatively new, further evaluation and validation of these measures is called for. A forthcoming article in the Clinical Journal of Pain...

Assessing the Quality of Life of People with Dementia: A Marriage of Research, Practice, and Technology

Researchers and practitioners require reliable and valid methods for measuring the quality of life (QOL) of people with dementia to assess the impact of interventions, identify activities that are most engaging and pleasurable, and improve dementia care practice. Practitioners require methods that are both useful and “usable.” mOQOLD (mobile Observing Quality of Life in Dementia)...

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