Download the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide by Planetree and Picker Institute

by Derrick on March 1, 2011

Planetree and the Picker Institute recently published a long-term care (LTC) improvement guide. Planetree and the Picker Institute are nonprofit organizations that promote and advance patient-centered care. They collaborated to develop this 296-page guide in the hopes it will improve patient and resident-centered care across the heathcare continuum. This guide can help facilities and institutions pursuing culture change.

The guide contains three parts:

  • Part One – Making the Case for Change
  • Part Two – Building a Community – A Process for Transformation
  • Part Three – Practical Approaches for Building A Resident Centered Culture

Changing Aging’s Dr. Bill Thomas writes the commentary.

Download the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide

The Picker Institute builds on eight Principles of Patient-Centered Care:

  1. Respect for patients’ values, preferences and expressed needs
  2. Coordination and integration of care
  3. Information communication and education
  4. Physical comfort
  5. Emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety
  6. Involvement of family and friends
  7. Continuity and transition
  8. Access to Care

The guide contains professional resources and links to even more resources. Download it.

Derrick March 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

There are stories like yours everywhere. I want this to change, too. The problem may only get worse as our aging population needs more LTC services. What are your ideas for change?

Charnell Ellison March 12, 2011 at 1:16 am

I am a Staffing Coordinator at a LTC facility. Our turnover rate is through the roof! It hasn’t always been bad. I’ve worked there since the early 2000’s and it use to be a very gratifying and rewarding place to be. Of course, nursing homes change management, ownership, etc. sometimes often but there’s more to it than just changes of those types. There seems to be less nursing staff actually “caring” for the human beings and more staff doing paperwork and directing the staff on what to do and not to do. Nurses and Nurse Aides are extremely exhausted, overwhelmed, unappreciated and pushed to the point of no return. I have lost a huge number of my nursing staff due to very heavy work loads, and mandation. At exit interviews a common comment seems to be that they aren’t only exhausted, but they feel unappreciated and unrecognized by management. I want this to change.

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