May 17, 2013 |

Celebrating Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week is celebrated across the country in the month of May to honor nursing home residents and the caring, committed staff who assist them in their daily lives. As the administrator at Northern Montana Care Center, this week means special dinners, a talent show, awards and plenty of smiling faces at the “office.” This special week is also a perfect time to focus on our mission at the care center and how that mission is truly changing lives.

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There has been a recent systematic, organizational change in nursing home care that is shifting our work toward a more individualized, consumer-driven practice. This “culture change” focuses on providing residents and caregivers more choices and autonomy in their day-to-day lives. Our residents have always been at the center of our work. Now, our care will be resident-centered, enhancing quality and creating opportunities for overall organizational improvement.

This cultural shift is the continuation of decades of w...

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