Working Together to Put LIVING First

Working Together to Put LIVING First: A Guidebook to Change the Culture of Aging in Long-Term Care shares inspiration and practical strategies to support organizations interested in starting or continuing to change the culture of long-term care and retirement living.

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There is growing recognition that deep changes are needed across the continuum of aging services, but more specifically in long-term care, as we move from institutional, medical models of care to social models of living. This positive revolution is known as the ‘culture change’ movement.

Working Together to Put LIVING First: A Guidebook to Change the Culture of Aging in Long-Term Care shares the story of how one long-term care and retirement living organization (Schlegel Villages) partnered with a research team at the RIA to embark on a unique culture change journey. As we share our story, we hope that you will find plenty of inspiration, insights and practical strategies that can be tailored to support your organization as you begin (or continue) your unique journey to create a better future within long-term care and retirement living.

How to Access the Guidebook:

The main content of the Guidebook is freely available online (PDF file available above).

Full printed copies of the Guidebook, including appendices with over 100 pages of additional resources and worksheets, can be purchased and shipped within North America. Please contact Barb Sutcliffe (barb.sutcliffe@uwaterloo.ca; 519-904-0660 ext. 4115) to arrange shipping and payment.

Interested in Culture Change Coaching?

Not everyone knows where to start or what to do next when thinking about changing organizational culture. The RIA can provide the tools and support to start people on the right path. We are there to guide an organization as they embark on this new adventure.

Click here to learn more about culture change coaching, or contact Barb Sutcliffe (barb.sutcliffe@uwaterloo.ca; 519-904-0660 ext. 4115) for more information.

Date created: 2015

Authorship

The Guidebook was authored in 2015 by Jennifer Carson, PhD, University of Waterloo; Susan Brown, MSc, Research Coordinator, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging; Josie d’Avernas, MSc, Vice President, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging; Hilary Dunn, MSc, Project Officer, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Funding Acknowledgement

This guidebook was produced in part with funding from the Government of Ontario to the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. The views expressed herein do no necessarily reflect the views of the province.

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