Conditions for successfully implementing resident-oriented care in nursing homes
This study reports an investigation of the conditions for a successful introduction of a resident-oriented care model on six somatic and psychogeriatric intervention wards in three Dutch nursing homes. This study aims to answer the following research question: 'What are the conditions for successfully implementing resident-oriented care?' To answer the research question, the organisational change process was monitored by using the '7-S' model of Peters and Waterman as a diagnostic framework. Based on this model, the following change characteristics were studied: structure, strategy, systems, staff, skills, style and shared values. Our study involved a one group pretest/post-test design. To measure the conditions for change, we operationalised the factors of the 7-S model serving as a diagnostic framework and studied their presence and nature on the intervention wards. For this purpose qualitative interviews were held with the change agents of the nursing homes and the wards' supervisors. To determine the degree of 'success' of the implementation, we measured the extent to which resident-oriented care was implemented. For this purpose a quantitative questionnaire was filled in by the nurses of the intervention wards. By relating the extent to which resident-oriented care was implemented to the differences in change conditions, we were able to distinguish the 'most' from the 'least' successful intervention ward and so, pointing out the conditions contributing to a successful implementation of resident-oriented care. The results showed that, in contrast to the least successful intervention ward, the most successful intervention ward was characterised by success conditions related to the 7-S model factors strategy, systems, staff and skills. The factor structure did not contribute to the success of the implementation. Success conditions appeared to be related to the ward level and not to the organisational or project level. Especially the supervisors' role appeared to be crucial for a successful implementation.
Available from: Anne Marie Sandvoll
- "When implementing new regulations, authorities and work-place managers must clearly communicate the new vision that changes are designed to create  and ensure staff participate in the change process [40,41]. Furthermore, Berkhout et al. found that conditions for successful implementation were important at the ward level in particular, and that more attention should be given to educating nursing staff about changes . The findings in our study support the need for educating nursing staff, given that only two of the nurses knew about the new regulations. "
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ABSTRACT: Western governments have initiated reforms to improve the quality of care for nursing home residents. Most of these reforms encompass the use of regulations and national quality indicators. In the Norwegian context, these regulations comprise two pages of text that are easy to read and understand. They focus particularly on residents' rights to plan their day-to-day life in nursing homes. However, the research literature indicates that the implementation of the new regulations, particularly if they aim to change nursing practice, is extremely challenging. The aim of this study was to further explore and describe nursing practice to gain a deeper understanding of why it is so hard to implement the new regulations.
For this qualitative study, an ethnographic design was chosen to explore and describe nursing practice. Fieldwork was conducted in two nursing homes. In total, 45 nurses and nursing aides were included in participant observation, and 10 were interviewed at the end of the field study.
Findings indicate that the staff knew little about the new quality regulations, and that the quality of their work was guided by other factors rooted in their nursing practice. Further analyses revealed that the staff appeared to be committed to daily routines and also that they always seemed to know what to do. Having routines and always knowing what to do mutually strengthen and enhance each other, and together they form a powerful force that makes daily nursing care a taken-for-granted activity.
New regulations are challenging to implement because nursing practices are so strongly embedded. Improving practice requires systematic and deeply rooted practical change in everyday action and thinking.
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ABSTRACT: In 1991 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Principles for Older Persons as a framework for international policy responses to population ageing. These principles promote independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity as legitimate entitlements of all older people. Although these principles, or variations of them, are embedded in standards of best-practice in residential aged care facilities, the literature shows that in reality institutional care can deny older people opportunities to exercise some of these entitlements. More specifically, residential aged care facilities can deprive older people of access and support to pursue opportunities for the full development of their potential, i.e. their entitlement to self-fulfilment. This discussion article explores the influence of institutional care on older people's ability to exercise their entitlement to self-fulfilment. We identify the characteristics of a 'good life' in institutional care, according to aged care residents themselves. The Eden Alternative(TM) is presented as a model of aged care that aims to create the conditions for a 'good life' and self-fulfilment for aged care residents.
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ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: In residential long-term care (LTC), a growing interest exists in the older residents' Quality of Life (QoL). The Active Ageing-concept (AA) extended this focus, since AA has the aim to enhance QoL by optimising the opportunities for health, participation and security. In LTCs, AA can be outlined by 9 determinants. This systematic review aimed at identifying interventions to improve the QoL of LTC-residents. These interventions were organised according to the AA-determinants. METHODS: PubMed, Web of Science, Psychinfo and Sociological Abstracts were screened systematically. Articles were excluded when they only concerned a specific group of LTC-residents. RESULTS: Thirty five relevant articles, encompassing 3910 subjects were found. These concerned interventions concentrating on one or more of the 9 AA-determinants. The largest proportion of interventions regarded the physical activity level or the psychological factors of the residents. Overall, no systematic effects on QoL could be found and a low methodological quality was generally present. CONCLUSION: Currently, studies aimed at enhancing the QoL of older LTC-resident are limited and often directed to physical and psychological interventions. The lack of a systematic effect on QoL is possibly related to the fact that these interventions were often not multidimensional, whereas QoL is a multidimensional concept.
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