"Culture Change" is a term used to describe the growing movement within nursing homes. It involves patterning the residents' life around their choices including, but not limited to, meal preferences, sleeping in instead of getting up early, choosing if they want a bath as opposed to a shower and what time of day they want to bathe, activity preferences, what time of day they want to take their medications and what time they choose to go to bed. It is all about resident driven care as opposed to staff driven care. Tipton Oak Manor is at the forefront of this new program of truly making the care facility a home for its residents.
"We show love and respect while taking care of the needs of our residents," Tipton Oak Manor Activities Director Brenda Matchett said. "We feel privileged and honored in becoming part of their extended family. 'Culture Change' is all about the resident being able to choose what they want and making the nursing facility a home like place to live. Because this is their home and we want them to feel right at home. If you or I were here we would want the freedom to make our own choices."
For more of this story check out the March 14 issue of the California Democrat.