Altarum is assessing the impact and sustainability of comprehensive culture change training and education in a variety of nursing homes by monitoring selected clinical quality measures; analyzing quality-of-life reports from residents, family members and staff; tracking shifts in operations (such as more dining flexibility); and assessing the economic impact.
The Eden Alternative®, a global non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality of life for elders and their care partners, is providing education and coaching to the nursing homes. The training is designed to empower nursing home administrators and all other staff to understand how daily practices and protocols can be shifted from rigid, institutional patterns of service delivery to care that is more individually tailored to the individual needs and preferences of elderly residents.
The project is in its second year, and we expect to have preliminary findings to share later this year. Our hope is to use learnings from Michigan to inform and replicate similar comprehensive culture change initiatives in other states.