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What Can I Do Next?

Here are some things you can do with what you have just learned:
  1. Share what you have learned with others. One way is to talk to your family and friends about what you have learned. Help break down the often-held belief that there is nothing we can do to change the long-term care system.

  2. Visit nursing homes in your community to get a sense of whether they are practicing person-directed care. Use the "Key Questions to Ask Staff in Nursing Homes to Find Out If They Provide Person-Directed Care" (Download pdf).  If a nursing home is unfamiliar with culture change, you might share the "What is Culture Change" document (Download pdf).

  3. Talk to your family about your wishes related to housing and assistance. Fill out the form "My Personal Directions for Quality Living" on The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care website, and share it with your loved ones.

  4. What does it mean to be an advocate?

    Being an advocate means speaking up about something you care about, whether it is for yourself or someone else.
    Get together to participate in a meeting to discuss this Guide to better care options.

  5. E-mail your friends and family the link to the "Advocating for a New Old Age" video.

  6. Become a part of your state or local culture change coalition to help bring about change in long-term care settings in your area. Click here for a list of culture change state coalitions in your state.

  7. Determine if your state has a Citizens Advocacy Group (CAG) and consider learning more about it or possibly joining. Visit to find a CAG in your state.

  8. Suggest "Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes" by Beth Barker to your book group or other group. Download the Discussion Guide to get the conversation going. (Download pdf)

  9. Sign up for e-mail updates from Pioneer Network so we can keep you informed of culture change news.

  10. Join Pioneer Network's Facebook page.

  11. Post the Pioneer Network website and video on your Facebook page or other social network.

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