By Rita Torres, Operations Manager
Reflecting on my own future and realizing, according to statistics, I may well live a portion of my life in a “home” other than the one in which I currently reside. It can happen quickly as the result of an accident of some type or gradually as the result of simply aging. Either way, on that day, my life is totally changed. Someone else will dictate when I get up, when I will eat my meals, what choice I have of food to eat, how I will spend my time and with whom-loss of independence, by degrees, I’m sure.
I read AARP articles a lot now. Like “35 Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents” only I am asking them to myself. I even completed an “Assessment Checklist” to assess my situation. And I found that I am doing well so far which is good. Even more encouraging was to learn of a paradigm shift, “increasing awareness within the nursing home industry that the institutional model is not going to lead to a higher level of performance”, according to Leslie A. Grant, director of the Center for Aging Services Management at the University of Minnesota. Grant believes that the culture change is driven by a strategy to differentiate a facility from others by addressing what is important to key stakeholders. Yes, a resident-centered approach that aims to “enhance satisfaction of residents, families, and staff by raising the quality of care and of life experienced by the residents while ensuring that their rights are upheld.”
One factor driving this culture change is the competition for the “baby boomers” who will likely desire a more livable and flexible environment. I certainly will. Who wouldn’t?