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Creating Home

A Guide to Better Care Options

This section of the Pioneer Network website will direct you to resources that we hope you will find helpful as current or future consumers of long-term care, as well as advocates for change.
From the moment we are born, we are aging. Yet many of us fear our own aging, as well as dependency and loss of control. Many of us have watched helplessly as our parents, spouses, or other loved ones lose their choice of where and how they receive care. Understandably, at the thought that we might have to move away from our own homes when we need long-term care, we fear losing dignity and privacy. These losses are powerful reasons for change. The present and the past do not have to be the future if we act together now.

We all want to make our own choices about how and where we live. An informed consumer makes better choices.  Since we are all getting older, we need to create a vision about meaningful choices and a strategy that will make those choices available. The culture change movement is working to create these choices.

Culture change works to create home wherever we live. The term culture change refers to a transformation of long-term care services. Culture change focuses on person-directed care, sometimes also referred to as person-centered care. Person-directed care values include dignity, respect, purposeful living, and having the freedom to make informed choices about daily life and health care.

Long-term care can be changed. It can be different. Many nursing homes are changing and have changed, which proves that it can be done. Consumers can create the demand for this new type of long-term care.

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What is Culture Change?
Why Do We Need Culture Change in Nursing Homes?
What is Changing?
How Is It Changing?
What Does Culture Change Look Like?
What Are My Choices?
What Level of Care Should I Be Looking For?
How Do I Get Information About Nursing Homes?
Key Questions
What If There Are No Nursing Homes Doing Culture Change in My Area?
What Next?
Long-Term Care and Culture Change Glossary