McKnight's Long Term Care News recently shared a study that shows that long-term care facilities that personalize treatment by initiating "culture change" see a decrease in survey deficiencies.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice examined 251 nursing homes that adopted culture change between 2004 and 2009. They compared these facilities to institutions that did not adopt culture change. The researchers found that "the adopting facilities exhibited a 14.6% decrease in health-related survey deficiencies relative to the comparison group."

Nursing centers and rehabilitation departments that adopt culture change aim to make their facilities more welcoming and less institutional. They recognize that each patient is unique and requires individualized, patient-centered care with patient preferences taken into account. This is why our therapists factor the patient's lifestyle, everyday activities and personal goals into treatment to return the patient to their prior level of functioning as fully as possible. Each of our patients undergoes a thorough evaluation before beginning treatment. Each patient is different, and a thorough preliminary assessment is necessary to uncover their goals and what will motivate them during therapy.

To access the culture change study, visit The Gerontologist.

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services