In her book, Old Age In The New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes, journalist Beth Baker tells the story of a new generation of visionary advocates and practitioners who are transforming both the culture of nursing homes and the way we view aging. Drawing on her experience visiting some of the best places in America for elders to live, Beth will discuss how the lives of patients and staff are fundamentally changed when homes move from an institutional to a social model. In these remarkable nursing homes, patients have a say in their everyday lives, enjoy an environment that looks and feels like an ordinary home, live with dignity and purpose, and find comfort in close relationships with caregivers. Her observations challenge us to rethink what it means to need long-term care. She asks: What would we want for ourselves, if we needed services? What is our vision of a good old age?
Identify the criteria for creating nursing facilities where people live in dignity and contentment
Recognize critical factors to an environment in which facility employees feel valued and appreciated
Explain how a high quality of life does not have to cost more
Describe the common values in nursing homes that provide the most patient-centric care and setting
Describe your role in guiding transformation towards patient-centered care that meets the needs of your unique practice setting