Georgia State University is receiving $1.6 million to improve the care of people living in nursing homes in the state.
The three-year project is geared toward changing the “culture” around long-term care services to focus more on the individual – not the institution, said Elisabeth Burgess, director of Georgia State University’s Gerontology Institute.
“Whether we have dementia, whether we are frail – we still are a person,” Burgess said. “It’s thinking about people’s well-being beyond just ‘Are their minimum physical needs met?’”
She said seniors in long-term care can often experience loneliness and a loss of independence, and said there are simple things that can make a difference in care. For example, not all people are morning people, she said, but institutions often have the same wake-up time.
“Because that’s convenient for the institution,” she said.
Burgess said the three-year project will include both research as well as resources and training tools for nursing home staff.