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During IAHSA’s 2nd European Conference in Vienna last week, there was a lot of talk about culture change – not only during the education sessions but also as a major theme for the networking breakout groups.

A primary tenet of culture change is creating an environment that honors person-centered care – where seniors in aged care facilities enjoy much of the privacy and choice they would experience if they were still living in their own homes.

In order to get an idea of how far Culture Change has progressed in the USA, the Commonwealth Fund conducted a research project to study nursing homes to determine the penetration of the culture change movement. The results were mixed with much room for improvement. However the researchers found that the more a nursing home adopts culture change the greater the benefits, in terms of staff retention, higher occupancy rates, better competitive position and improved operational costs.

IAHSA members around the world are embracing the culture change movement. Share your experiences with others by adding comments here.

Choose from two exceptional pre-conference sessions at IAHSA’s Second European Conference.

Facility Tour
IAHSA member Christa Monkhouse leads a tour through SeneCura Social Center one of the most modern multi-functional care facilities in Austria. SeneCura Social Center provides short-term and long-term care for older residents and boasts the leading dementia station in the German-speaking area.

Technology Workshop
Mr. Sten Hanke, Researcher, Austrian Research Centers, facilitates a workshop on the M*Power project, a pan-European initiative focused on an open platform technology to simplify and speed up the development and deployment of services for the elderly and cognitively disabled.

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IAHSA’s Second European Conference
Our Future: Quality Ageing Services

22-23 May 2008
Vienna, Austria

It won’t be long before we join our European colleagues in Vienna at IAHSA’s Second European Conference. A key feature of an IAHSA event is networking and relationship building, an essential ingredient for building successful programs. Another key feature is to learn from the experts – those individuals noted for their leadership and creativity in addressing the challenges facing all of us. Our two keynote speakers embody the leadership characteristics needed in the field.

Dr. Kai Leichsenring sets the stage with An Overview of the Ageing Services & Senior Housing Landscape. A Research Associate at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Dr. Leichsenring is a noted expert in comparative social research in the areas of welfare, health policy and political science, especially with respect to older persons and people with disabilities.

The conference will close with Dr. Naomi Chambers speaking on Transformational Leadership in Ageing Services. A Senior Fellow and Head of Health Policy and Management at the Manchester Business School, as well as the President of European Health Management Association, Dr. Chambers has over 20 years operational experience in health services management.

It’s not to late to join your colleagues in Vienna – Register Today!

This year we at IAHSA are particularly well positioned to look forward to spring by connecting with colleagues at IAHSA’s Second European Conference – Our Future: Quality Ageing Services – in Vienna, Austria, 22-23 May. While this programme is devoted to sustaining, enhancing and expanding ageing services, and the formal presentations will be top notch, I think that the programme structure and networking opportunities will once again be the features that participants end up valuing most.

IAHSA education programmes emphasize shared learning and our European Conferences are structure with facilitated roundtable discussion groups. We aim to create educational environments that enable participants from diverse backgrounds to share with and learn from one another’s real-life, hands-on experiences. Our guiding programme principles include:

  • Interactive Participation: exercises that involve the learner and facilitate inter-personal exchanges to stimulate collective observation and thought.
  • Problem-Solving: activities that encourage inquiry, reflection and exploration of a common challenge or opportunity.
  • Blended Models: approaches that combine a variety of events and learning delivery methods to develop applicable skills over time.
  • Relationship-Building: discussions that generate possibilities for fellowship, collaboration and action.

I hope that you will agree with IAHSA that the best way to ensure Quality Aged Services and a better future for our elders is to advance the field by sharing our collective wisdom and experiences. With this in mind, I invite you to join us at IAHSA’s Second European Conference – please visit the Web site to register for Vienna!

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SAVE THE DATE: 22-23 May 2008. Mark your calendars now so you and your colleagues can attend IAHSA’s 2nd European Conference in Vienna, Austria

I was in Vienna in February and found it to be a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding cultural and historic features, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for in order to discover this wonderful part of Europe

The conference, theme Creating and Sustaining Quality European Aged Care, will feature cutting edge presentations on key issues confronting ageing service providers and will include ample time for networking and roundtable discussions.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to tour an Austrian aged care facility giving you a chance to experience first hand the types of care that is provided for the elderly.

The conference will take place at the Renaissance Penta Hotel a stunning historic first class hotel located just off the Ring.

Our local host, Dale Stevenson, is in charge of arrangements and will make sure everyone feels welcome to Vienna. We’ll let you know when the program and registration information are ready on the IAHSA website – probably in October.

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