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Organizations and Initiatives

These links are intended to serve as culture change information sharing.  This list is not intended to be inclusive, and our posting of resources and links does not serve as an endorsement or imply that we represent these listings in any manner.

Action Pact, Inc.
Action Pact, Inc. is a company of trainers, consultants and educators who assist nursing homes and other elder care organizations in becoming resident-directed. They work with clients to redesign the way the organization itself functions, moving from traditional top-down management towards a collaborative effort of self-governing teams.

American Health Care Association (AHCA)
A federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 10,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled individuals nationally.

American Health Quality Association (AHQA)
Represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Better Jobs Better Care (BJBC) 
A 4-year research and demonstration program in long-term care policy and practice that seeks to reduce high vacancy and turnover rates among direct care staff across the spectrum of long-term care settings and contribute to improved workforce quality. 

Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL)
Fosters access to high quality assisted living by creating resources and acting as an objective resource center to facilitate quality improvement in assisted living, increasing the availability of research on quality in assisted living, and providing a national clearinghouse for information on assisted living.

ConsultGeriRN.org
Resource for updated, evidence-based clinical information and assessment tools on a wide variety of important and practical topics, as well as a link to information on nursing education, and staff education.

The Eden Alternative 
Creates coalitions of people and organizations that are committed to creating better social and physical environments for people. The Eden Alternative is dedicated to helping others create enlivening environments and the elimination of the plagues of Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom.

IDEAS Institute
A premier resource of information and environment-behavioral research centered on improving care and quality of life for people with chronic forms of physical and cognitive decline, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease.

Institute for Caregiver Education (IFCE)
A not-for-profit organization that provides continuing education and professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals, including a variety of literacy, language, and life skills training for entry level staff across all disciplines.

Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS)
A policy research institute within AAHSA designed to be a bridge between the practice, policy and research communities and to advance the development of high-quality health, housing and supportive services for America’s aging population.

International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
Founded in the belief that unifying the efforts of the organizations focused on older adults benefits both the people they reach and the organizations themselves. Today, the vision is shared by over 5,000 organizations connected to the ICAA network.

Mather Lifeways
A unique not-for-profit organization based in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. We’re dedicated to identifying, implementing, and sharing the best practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care programs, and caregiver empowerment.  It’s home to the LEAP program — a comprehensive workforce development program that empowers staff, increases retention, and promotes staff-resident relationships through a model of person-centered care.

National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
An organization of consumers and advocates who define and achieve quality for people with long term needs.  Provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development, and helps develop models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)
 Founded in 1984, NGNA is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. NGNA’s core purpose is to improve the quality of nursing care given to older adults.   Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues.

National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce
A national on-line library for people in search of solutions to the direct-care staffing crisis in long-term care. A project of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), the Clearinghouse includes government and research reports, news, issue briefs, fact sheets, and other information on topics such as recruitment, career advancement supervision, workplace culture, and care giving practices.

NHRegsPlus
This searchable website serves as a one-stop location to examine and compare the content of state regulations related to nursing homes, the processes of regulation and exceptions to regulations within a state, recent state changes, innovative nursing-home designs and programs that were accomplished within existing regulations, and innovative state regulatory initiatives.

TPAAN Webinar PPT
Training to Prevent Adult Abuse and Neglect

Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: Steps For Success
Key elements of a quality palliative care program; literature review; barriers and ways to overcome them; recommendations for the future (opens as .pdf)

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) 
A non-profit organization working to strengthen the direct-care workforce within our nation’s long-term care system through developing innovative approaches to recruitment, training, and supervision; client-centered care giving practices; and effective public policy.

Second Wind Dreams 
A national non-profit organization that fulfills the dreams of those living in eldercare communities, thereby enhancing their lives and changing the perception of aging.

Untie the Elderly
An initiative to provide conditions that will foster independence, health and security for older individuals.