Category Archives: Culture Change and Households

The Cedars Learning Center: the Best of the Bold

Gillian Jembere, Certified Nursing Assistant at The Cedars

The Cedars Learning Center will address the national shortage of skilled senior care providers.

TODAY OUR NATION faces a steep rise in its senior population and a critical shortfall of skilled caregivers. As the second-oldest state in the nation, Maine will feel this shortage more than most. We can’t wait for others to build tomorrow’s workforce. We must do it ourselves—beginning now.

“Over the next two years, in conjunction with industry thought leaders, The Cedars will be committing its resources to the development of a Learning Community™ —an in-house teaching and learning resource with which … Read more here.

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Concepts in Culture Change at The Cedars

What is Culture Change?

A PersonFirst approach to care (see below)
It requires knowledge of our residents’ preferences and life stories
It needs facility systems that support our staff in providing care on our residents’ own schedule and preferences
It requires empowerment of our staff in self-directed teams so that they can make decisions in the moment, for our residents

The Cedars has been on the Culture Change journey for a while. And now we have a company called Action Pact to help us. They are experts on Culture Change and provide trainings for staff in all departments, volunteers, family and residents.

The PersonFirst Approach

In order to make home, we … Read more here.

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The Cedars in the News: Household Model to Bring Family-Style Long-Term Care to Portland

PORTLAND, MAINE -- Thanks to a major gift from a Waterville couple, The Cedars, one of the state’s largest and oldest senior care facilities, hopes to bring a more humane and homelike approach to elder care in Maine. Small, home-style living areas such as the one shown in this model are part of the new design. Courtesy of The Cedars

PORTLAND, MAINE — Thanks to a major gift from a Waterville couple, The Cedars, one of the State’’s largest and oldest senior care facilities, hopes to bring a more humane and homelike approach to elder care in Maine. Small, home-style … Read more here.

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Opening Minds through Art

Everyone who visited the UMVA Gallery at CTN5 during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk in June saw first-hand the beauty and insight our artists express and felt how much it meant to them to share it. With help from the Union of Maine Visual Artists, The Cedars mounted a breathtaking gallery show filled with our artists’ work, their words, and photographs of their process, and opened it to the public.

Our artists mingled with a joyous multigenerational crowd of local art enthusiasts, friends, family and community. They received enthusiastic praise and thoughtful questions from the First Friday crowds, an affirmation that they can still communicate with and contribute to their world.

Grow bold with us.

 

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Creating a Climate of Learning at The Cedars

Meggan HannonThe Steering Committee at The Cedars gathered for the first step in a two year journey towards Culture Change and the implementation of the Household Model in our long term care and assisted living.  Megan Hannon, culture change specialist with our partner, Action Pact, led the committee of 15 staff, management, volunteers from all departments – an additional 10 individuals will rotate through future sessions. Here is a recap of what we learned:

We heard about how adults learn, how we need time to talk with each other, to communicate safely, to process and apply new ideas, and to process more.
We discovered that through this learning, we will grow our skills AND our … Read more here.

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