Our household model, the first of its kind in the Hiawatha area, will encourage individuals to live life on their own terms, with the support of our highly-trained staff members. Our mission is to create a deep sense of connectivity between elders, their family and friends, and the community they live in Continue reading
We all want to feel a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives – to be part of something bigger than ourselves and aspire to a higher moral purpose. Many of us find this meaning in our work and implementing the Household Model enables us to do just that because even on difficult days we feel fulfilled knowing we are enabling a better life for our most vulnerable…
The takeaway from my last 10 years is that culture change work is fulfilling, morally uplifting, and hard – it is especially difficult for direct care givers. But there is no doubt it is “worth it” in the end. Continue reading
Yes, pitcher Casey Barnes was on the Kansas City (KS) T-Bones disabled list in 2015 after catching a sizzling line drive with his bare hand, injuring a thumb.
No, that is not why he moved into The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support for the 2016 baseball season. Continue reading
Enjoying and appreciating music may still appeal to persons living with dementia, but music may offer a lot more than pleasure: a connection to memory and emotional expression that might not be otherwise accessible. Read these simple but powerful stories to be reminded of the myriad ways we might incorporate music into daily life, to both entertain and ENGAGE! Continue reading
Action Pact wins Business Excellence award from Kansas Department of Commerce. Steve Shields delivers message in Ireland. Action Pact in Australia… Continue reading
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
The Piper is a new Household Model assisted living community near The Legends in Kansas City, KS. The Piper was developed and built by Assisted Living Associates, a partnership between PAR Development, Clarkson Construction Company and Action Pact, a Manhattan, KS based company specializing in senior living. Action Pact pioneered the Household Model, an innovative philosophy that embodies person-centered care. Their services include development and design of senior living environments, organizational transformation and consulting. They are nationally known for their innovative work of transforming assisted living and nursing homes from institutions into warm, nurturing homes. Steve Shields, CEO of Action Pact, answers questions about what this model offers from a variety of folks with different needs. www.thepiperlife.com
With emotions running high, Steve Shields, Action Pact CEO, shares his personal experience with his mother who was placed in a nursing home, and the devastating aftermath of her time there. Through his determined efforts, Shields has transformed the senior living industry, and his talk reflects the need to change how we think about our elders.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx