Salem Home earns high marks for culture change

In a recent assessment conducted by Kansas State University and Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Salem Home in Hillsboro consistently exceeded state averages in the effort to create a quality living experience for its residents.

The PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) initiative began in 2002 to encourage long-term care providers to engage in culture change. The PEAK program was revised in 2011 and relabeled as PEAK 2.0.

In 2012, KDADS partnered with Kansas State Univer?sity?s Center on Aging to continue the program. The culture change initiative focuses on person-centered care. This model of care empowers residents to create an environment that meets their expectations and lifestyles.

The movement also empowers caregivers to aid the residents in their choices and ensure their happiness and satisfaction.

The KSU Center on Aging conducted a survey of PEAK participants to assess performance in the key areas of: resident choice, nursing home environment, relationships, staff empowerment, nursing home leadership, shared values and quality improvement.

The instrument was the Kansas Culture Change Instrument. The results released in July show that Salem?s efforts exceed state averages.

According to PEAK Project Coordinator, Laci Cornelison, 225 of Kansas about 350 nursing homes are participating in the PEAK program this year.

Kris Erickson, Salem Home chief executive officer, said, ?I?m proud of our caregivers. These results show a strong dedication to providing excellent, innovative care.?
Information about PEAK 2.0 can be found at: he.k-state.edu/aging/outreach/peak20.

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