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Consumer Education Initiative Encourages Growth of Culture Change Movement



In 1997, Lifespan — an organization that provides aging-related assistance to elders in the Rochester, New York area — convened a three-day meeting on the subject of culture change in long-term care facilities. But not all of the 33 participants in the meeting used the term "culture change" to describe that concept. Some, like Joanne Rader, called it "individualized care"; others, such as Barry Barkan, referred to it as the "regenerative community" model of care. Nevertheless, each of those terms reflected the same set of values: compassion, self-determination, a home-like atmosphere. "They were all individual names, but when you peeled it back, you saw the same core values and beliefs," Lifespan's Rose Marie Fagan said recently. READ MORE

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