Last weekend passionate people committed to changing the face of long-term care met in Little Rock, Arkansas. 1200 strong, they came from many states, many types of care backgrounds but focused on one goal—changing care. It was an inspiring gathering with long-time personal heroes like Bill Thomas and Dr. Richard Taylor taking concepts to a new level. I was fortunate enough to be one of many guides to personalizing care. It was a powerful weekend that will serve as fuel for my teaching, my research and my writing.
In researching person-centered care and its impact on both staff and residents with dementia, I followed the source to Dementia Care Australia. It is a look into what I hope to one day develop. The focus on facilitating culture change in facilities through training, presentations, and even products is refreshing. Check out the program, Spark of Life. It’s based in solid best practice.