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Distance Learning: Wanting to Dance When You're Expected to March: Pioneering Approaches in Long-Term Care

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Rose Marie Fagan
Co-Founder & Founding Executive Director, Pioneer Network
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Sponsor: Blue Ridge AHEC

Session Description:
"Culture change" is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, and is based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Rose Marie Fagan of the Pioneer Network will discuss the emergence of the cultural change movement and provide attendees with information about the unique and ongoing process of turning cultural change transformations into daily practice.

Session Objectives:

  1. Build common knowledge and ensure an understanding of the principles of culture change and person-centered care in long-term care settings
  2. Identify ways in which culture change is already occurring and can be fostered and nurtured in the near future
  3. Identify and address concerns which regulatory agencies and legislators may be able to address so that culture change progress can continue
  4. Increase awareness, facilitate information sharing and promote partnerships between all stakeholders of aging services in Georgia.

Continuing Education Credit: 1.2 Contact Hours
Three Rivers AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work:
Continuing education credits will be available to social work attendees. You can obtain 1.25 continuing education hours for attending one of the presentations. If you wish to receive continuing education credit, please provide the last 4 digits of your social security number on the registration form.

Technology Requirements:
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  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
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About Rose Marie Fagan
Rose Marie Fagan is a Co-Founder and the founding Executive Director of the Pioneer Network, a National Network of individuals who are transforming the culture of aging for the 21st Century. Fagan coordinated the seminal meeting of Pioneers in 1997 in Rochester, coauthored the widely disseminated final report of that historic occasion, and has since coordinated annual national pioneer conferences annually, which have grown to include over 1000 people from 48 states and 5 countries. Having begun her work in long term care as Director of the Monroe County (NY) Long Term Care Ombudsman Program,Fagan now speaks all over the nation on nursing home culture change and helps educate the staff of facilities in implementing change, serves as a resource to states forming statewide networks for culture change, and educates consumers about person-centered care and their role as a change agent.