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Distance Learning: Celebrating the Vision for Georgia: Cultural Change and Person Centered Care

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Kim McRae, Co-Founder & Coordinator, Culture Change Network of Georgia - View Bio>>

Sponsor: Three Rivers AHEC

Session Description:
The transition into long-term or elderly care can be a daunting one, both for the individual and the family caregiver. Keys to the success of creating "home" is the deinstitutionalization of care, the implementation of person centered practices, and keeping those in your care from feeling "homeless". The Cultural Change Network's Co-Founder and & Coordinator Kim McRae leads this session on improving and transforming quality of life for older Georgians in all settings where aging services are delivered.

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.

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About Kim McRae:

Kim McRae comes to long-term care, culture change and person-centered living through an 11 year history as a family caregiver and a consumer of aging services. Experiencing first-hand the system as it is, and wanting better for her mother, Barbara, who had Lewy Body dementia, Kim has been studying dementia care, longterm care and how to improve quality of life for elders for more than eight years.

With a B.A. in Journalism/Advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a background in consumer marketing, PR and advertising, and a deep desire to help others, Kim has become a Family Caregiver Turned Advocate. Kim promotes and champions person-centered aging services, humanizing dementia care and culture change.

In addition to her work with her company Have a Good Life (www., she serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee and the National Coalitions Committee of the Pioneer Network. She is a member of the National Assisted Living Disclosure Collaborative. She is on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living, and she is the Co-founder and Coordinator of the Culture Change Network of Georgia (