In searching for the 'perfect' staff for my Alzheimer's neighborhood I have found the applicant pool to be very eclectic. There are some that appear super promising on paper but in reality they are not trainable, or they look horrible with no experience but are open to change and education.
It is in this search that I have really had to prod people to embrace the change of long term care culture. It is in Alzheimer's care that we are required to slow down, put the resident in charge and go at their pace. Shouldn't this be the case in all long term care settings? How much more successful do we become when we actually solicite input from the people we are charged with caring for?
To keep this short and sweet I say embrace the change as long as it is for the better. Be open to education, and never shut yourself in and adhere to labels. The best staff in the world is one that can learn from and with each other.
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