Living Center to host course on changes in resident care

St. Luke Living Center will be hosting GERTI?s Advanced Education in Long-Term Care course for staff of area adult care-home staff Aug. 18-21.

GERTI, which stands for ?Grow evergreen resources with transforming innovations,? specializes in long-term-care culture change and person-centered professional education.

The four-day course represents a significant investment of time and resources for long-term-care homes that are moving toward creating a culture of person-directed, rather than institutional, care.

Person-directed care is an emerging, nationally recognized organizational model for long-term care that emphasizes allowing residents to make individual choices about their daily care.

The approach includes decorating a nursing home so it feels like a private home rather than an institution. Ultimately, it results in nursing homes becoming a place to continue living instead of a place to go to die.

The Living Center?s four-day class will be at 535 S. Freeborn St. in Marion. For more information, contact Janet Herzet, director of aging services at The Living Center, 620-382-3117.

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