Maine Culture Change Coalition/Resources

The Maine Culture Change Coalition is a group of dedicated stakeholders who work together to promote and foster culture change to improve the quality of care and to provide a more engaging and purposeful life for our Maine elders.

The Coalition is formally recognized by the Pioneer Network, the national organization that spearheads the culture change movement.  According to the Pioneer Network:  “Culture Change is… a transformation anchored in values and beliefs that return control to elders and those who work closet with them.  Its ultimate vision is to create a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane, and meaningful.  Culture change can transform a facility into a home, a resident into a person and a schedule into a choice.”  

The Pioneer Network provides a variety of culture change resources on their website store including such resources as Tales of Transformation. Also on their website are the Artifacts of Culture Change and a link to the Almost Home broadcast.

Artifacts of Culture Change

Pioneer Network is host to this web-based version of the Artifacts of Culture Change. By registering and completing the Artifacts of Culture Change, providers are able get a clear assessment of where their home is relative to culture change and provides a clear path of ideas and goals to begin the change process.

Almost Home

Almost Home is a highly acclaimed, intimate PBS documentary that takes you inside a year-in-the-life of a nursing home trying to implement culture change. Viewers will follow honest stories of couples, both bonded and divided by disability and dementia; children torn between caring for their parents and caring for their children; nursing assistants doing juggling difficult work at home and at the job; healthy elders fearful of moving to the dreaded nursing home; and a visionary nursing home director committed to transforming his century-old hospital-like institution into a true home. Almost Home DVD provides education and training on the topic of Culture Change in any setting. It's a candid and moving case study.

Tales of Transformation

The workbook and DVD, A Tale of Transformation: Four Stages Tell the Story, focuses on the work by Leslie A. Grant, PhD of University of Minnesota and LaVrene Norton, MSW of Action Pact, Inc. It is filled with images, learning circles, and stories of culture change that will guide you whether you're at the earliest stage (institutional) or have already transformed your facility and energized your staff in the transformational and neighborhood stages, or completely renovated into the Household Model. The workbook includes exercises, team activities specific to each stage.

Two recent Pioneer Network culture change resources available are:

Culture change continues to grow and is the path to our future. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Long Term Care (LTC) Conditions of Participation requirements resulting in significant regulatory changes that became effective on October 4th, 2016.  Within the LTC requirements and regulations, there is great emphasis on culture change including person-centered care and planning, resident choices, resident engagement and decision making all improving the quality of care and quality of life for our residents. These significant changes will be phased in over a three year period. It’s never been a greater time than now to engage in culture change activities.  

The Coalition promotes culture change awareness, advocates and supports residents, providers and caregivers, encourages culture change efforts and innovations, and provides educational programs.

If you would like to participate in this Coalition and help pave the way to culture change and quality of life for our Maine elders, please contact any of the officers to become a member. Meetings are held every other month with a call-in feature as well. See the Coalition's website for dates and locations.

President:  Tim Knight, RN, BSHCA, by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (207) 373-3627
Vice President:  Bonny Small RN, by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (207) 623-1146
Secretary:  Carol Olmstead LSW, by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (207) 282-4138
Treasurer:  Kim Bartalomy, by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (207) 439-9800