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Culture Change

The common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices, where the voices of elders and those working with them always come first. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living. Culture change transformation supports the creation of both long- and short-term living environments as well as community-based settings where both older adults and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways at every level of daily life. Culture change transformation may require changes in organizational and leadership practices, physical environments, relationships at all levels, and workforce models—leading to better outcomes for all involved. While culture change may focus on elders, it improves the quality of life for all care recipients.

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