The Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS), an affiliate of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, has identified Clatsop Care Center and its administrator, Anita Schacher, as a national leader in the provision of innovative nursing home care.

Schacher will represent Oregon's nursing home providers at a stakeholders meeting to be held Oct. 19 in Orlando, Fla.

The Commonwealth Fund provided a grant to IFAS to examine and document how state governments have promoted, supported, and invested in cultural change activities in nursing homes and is developing eight case studies based on states that have made significant investments in that area.

Oregon is one of those eight states and Clatsop Care Center was one of six Oregon facilities selected to participate in Oregon's pilot project focused on promoting and effecting cultural change.

The meeting brings together state representatives, provider associations and providers from the eight states to discuss what has been done to promote and sustain cultural change, how states can best use what has been done to promote and sustain cultural change, and how states can best use their resources to initiate and sustain cultural change among other nursing homes at a state and national level.

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