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RI Generations




Contact Information
Lisa Ferreira, President
rigenerations@gmail.com
401-741-1805

History 
RI Generations back in 2006 as a group of individuals interested in person centered care in the long term care arena. The group became more formalized and incorporated in February of 2008. We have a strong membership of over 25 members and a standing board of 12. The mission of RI Generations, Inc. is to promote a person-centered care environment, rather than an institutionalized model of care, for elders and the chronically ill residing in RI Nursing Homes. The membership of RI Generations, a non-profit organization, includes representation from all sectors that share concern about the quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes: the public, consumer groups, government officials, ombudsmen, quality improvement organizations, and the nursing home industry. RI Generations sponsors a number of educational events each year, including an annual Culture Change Symposium to facilitate and support the importance of individualized resident-centered care as a priority in Rhode Island.

Organizational Structure
RI Generations is a 501 C (3), not for profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.

Funding
RI Generations has been awarded its third civil monetary penalties (CMP) grant toward the education & implementation of Culture Change practices to the long term care arena. This tradition will continue along with a new request for grant proposal seeking 5 grants to help promote culture change using the HATCH model, The Holistic Approach to Transformational Change.

2014 Accomplishments

    • The coalition's relationship has increasingly strengthened with the Department of Health and Human Services. RI Generations has been awarded its third civil monetary penalties (CMP) grant toward the education & implementation of Culture Change practices to the long term care arena. This tradition will continue along with a new request for grant proposal seeking 5 grants to help promote culture change using the HATCH model, The Holistic Approach to Transformational Change. We are in the process now of securing these grants with the help of the Office of Health and Human Services.
    • Last year we conducted three statewide individualized care presentations titled, "Coffee Exchanges". This forum gives nursing homes or other long-term care providers the opportunity to host a breakfast presentation at their home and present a snap-shot of their individualized care journey highlighting specifics accomplishments. The presentation must include the "how" from planning to expense. The attendees consist of representatives from other nursing homes, assisted livings, home health agencies, hospitals, and other long term care stakeholders. The programs offered included Elmwood Health center which focused on developing individualized dementia programs and involving staff on all levels in the development and deployment; Bayberry commons which developed a Centered Activity Memory Program (CAMP), where dementia residents spend the day doing activities to their preference, wash dishes, set the table, complete routine household task and socialize with others in their community, and Elmhurst Extended Care which focused on the Eden Alternative and discussed the transformation process and introducing culture change into transitional care.
    • The Imogene "Imy" Higbie Awards is given every year at our Annual Culture Change Symposium. Nursing Assistant/Care Partners that have shown exceptional performance in providing and promoting person- centered care are the recipients. The award(s) are funded and supported through donations from RI Generations members and long-term care organizations.
    • Offered a Dementia Learning Session called "Designing a Meaningful Life Environment for People with Dementia" presented by Maggie Calkins, Ph.D, EDAC, which was attended by over 95 individuals from Administrators to direct caregivers throughout the state.