Building an Inclusive, Supportive and Safe Culture in Independent Living and Assisted Living (IL/AL) Environments.
Project THRIVE utilized evidence-based lessons learned from years of successful culture-building strategies in school systems to address the growing need for an inclusive culture in IL/ALs.
How Similar are High Schools and IL/ALs?
Communal living offers older adults opportunities for social relationships, personal growth and satisfaction
- Diversity (culture, ethnicity, age, health, personality, health beliefs)
- Age-related changes and experience
Project THRIVE Goal
Develop a culture-building model that meets aging related needs of older adults in IL/AF communities using:
- Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
- Culture Change and Maintenance
- Language frames
- Develop Social Norms
- Two intervention sites located in Tucson, Arizona. Two control sites located in other U.S. states.
- Focus groups
- Pre- and post-intervention surveys
- 208 pre-surveys completed
- 121 post-surveys competed
- Interventions included:
- Staff and Resident training on culture building models
- Hearing assistive devices, Pocket Talkers™, to improve communication and build community
- Community dining tables designated for certain groups, like “singles”
- Intervention period – up to 4 months.
Research was conducted May, 2016 – July, 2017.
Surveys revealed isolation and non-connectedness
Facility leadership inspired by this model of community building
More research is needed.