Culture change is a social movement to transform long-term care and retirement living towards resident-centered and resident-directed values and practices. Changing the culture of aging requires moving from a medical model of care to a social model of living, and supporting aspects of life that bring joy, meaning, and purpose to those working and living in senior living settings.
Culture change is a process, not a project. The culture change journey involves re-examining current values, beliefs, attitudes, and policies to create a community where everyone thrives.
We at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) can support you on your culture change journey. We provide coaching, education, and resources to empower residents and team members to put living first.
In the Community
Working on the RIA team has really opened my eyes to how I want to be with my residents at work and how I want to really help them make the most of their day and LIVE to their full potential. I look forward to sharing positive information with the team I work with on the floor and my department. I personally feel more rewarded having a more positive mindset in my job, this experience makes me more aware of how I am doing my job.
— Team member, Culture Change coaching client