Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Catherine Marrs Fuchsel

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the experience of social workers and other health care professionals that are working in facilities that are or have implemented the Culture Change Movement (CCM) and to determine its impact on older adults and those working with them. This qualitative research study examines social workers and other health care professionals’ perspectives on the implementation of the CCM in nursing home settings. Six licensed social workers and two registered nurses were interviewed for this study from various surrounding nursing homes that are or have implemented the CCM. A semi-structured interview was conducted with each participate to learn more about the CCM and its effects on the nursing home environment. The interviews were conducted in private spaces to ensure confidentiality for each participant. The interview was recorded, transcribed, read and coded to determine themes throughout the interview. Upon completion of the interview and transcription, a reliability check was completed with another academic colleague. The emerging themes from the interviews were as follows: transitioning from an institutionalized setting to a more home-like environment, giving residents more choices, and positive feedback from residents, families and staff. These findings support the literature. Future research in this area will only continue to provide direction to nursing facilities that are implementing the CCM and will help inform them of the impacts of the CCM.

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