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Telling Your Story
When good things are happening in your community, it’s a great idea to share the story with the wider community. The benefits are numerous. You become familiar in the area, with positive associations; employees feel proud, and it’s an opportunity to share the message of culture change. It’s good all around! Here are some examples of campuses or larger organizations telling their good stories. See what they’re doing:
- Sentara Rehabilitation and Care Residence, Chesapeake, VA: Sentara is replacing their current building with a brand new household model community, which will open in November. Irvin Land, Administrator, tells the story to the local newspaper. Read all about the project.
- Fair Haven and Wesley Manor, sister communities within the Methodist Homes of Alabama and Florida, have announced major expansion and construction projects as they move to the Household Model. Read the press releases.
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“Caught” doing the right thing. Has it happened to you?
This story was shared with us by Alison Scott, a Choreography of Culture Change graduate with UnitingCare in Australia. (Note: Terminology in Australia can be a little different than ours in the U.S.)
Community Circle at Narla
Yesterday the Accreditation agency visited for a no-notice site visit. Nothing unusual you say, except that at the exit meeting she spoke about this ‘amazing’ interaction she witnessed between several residents and a couple of staff members – a Lifestyle Officer and the Pastoral Care Worker whilst doing her ‘sophie’. She clearly described a Community Circle, observing that the residents in the circle were of mixed cognitive ability, and those with a cognitive deficit took an active part and could easily follow the process of the discussion.
The community circle was not a planned event. Residents had cancelled the trivia game originally planned, so the circle was a spur-of-the-moment change of program.
Events like this confirm that what we do on a daily basis makes a difference.
A Hard-Hat Chorus Line?
Decked out in hard hats are staff of Jewish Senior Services in Connecticut who are
standing in one of the 23 household kitchens of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus, now in the final stages of completion, with an expected opening in Spring 2016! The new campus will offer the first household model of care in Connecticut with 14 private bedrooms and baths, shared kitchen, living room, den and patio in each household. The campus also has 28 private rooms for short term care with indoor and outdoor courtyard therapy centers and aqua therapy in the new indoor pool. Assisted Living Residences will offer one bedroom and studio apartments with meals and membership to the new 18,000 square foot fitness center complete with a 25-yard four lane swimming pool. The campus will also offer a host of community services including: Home and Hospice care, Out Patient Therapy, Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, Institute on Aging, Senior Choice at Home Program and Child Development Center.
Ed: Now you know why they look so happy!
New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’
If you read the blog article about the “magic” of music, and are fascinated by brain research and what scientists have learned about music, here is a must–read article just published in the New York Times! Amazing things are being learned. Read it here.
From Virginia, Alabama and Australia there is good news for the culture change movement. Here are a few short stories to inspire you. Continue reading
This story comes to us from Sarah Bishop, Social Services Mentor/Household Coordinator at The Davis Community in Wilmington, NC.
The husband of a resident (“Mr. Smith”) was in the team room saying that what he appreciated most about the house was the fact that the staff cares so much for both the residents AND families. Here is what triggered this affirmation: Dana, a Social Worker, walked into Mrs. Smith’s room. Everyone knew she was in her final days, and Dana observed Mrs. Smith in a most peaceful state, holding Mr. Smith’s hand and rubbing his arm. She looked so contented and at peace, and after her struggles with dementia, it was awesome to see. Dana asked Mr. Smith for his phone and was able to capture that moment on video for him, and Mr. Smith shared it with his wife’s out-of-town family, to show how at peace and comfortable she was then. He said the family members were so appreciative of this captured moment, and he became a bit tearful, saying, “Not every place thinks that this is important, but you’ve all made it so. And I don’t know what to say to that, except thank you.” Sarah knows that other families at The Davis Community have similar feelings, and is sure such thoughtfulness happens throughout the community. She says that, “‘death with dignity’ has become such a customary way of doing things that we overlook how special this event is. When we’re looking at household progression and successes, I hope we focus on this one in a huge way. Talk about this in your learning circles, and the impact that everyone is making without even realizing it. Staff deserves to feel good about this because really… what better gift to give?”
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