One Year Later- “Together We Can”

One year later! Announcing the completion of the book –“ Together We Can,” and a call to move it forward in 2012!

Last year I gratefully and I must say, naively, accepted an offer from the Labor Management Project to write a book on how union and management can work together to transform the nursing home culture for elders and their caregivers from an institutional to a person-centered environment.  What I thought would take a few months has turned out to be the better part of this year.  I am happy to report the completion of this book, a return to my newsletter/blog after an entire year, and a call to make 2012 a year of deep change!

So what is person-centered culture change?  Imagine that you or a loved one has no alternative but to enter a long-term care facility better known as a nursing home.   The image that this conjures up describes an old antiquated system – a facility that is more like a hospital than a home.  Thankfully, there is a growing national movement to transform traditional, institutionalized care to what is called person-centered care or culture change.   Locally, in the NY area, union and management are partnering to make this happen.

The Pioneer Network (, a leading national resource in this area, defines person-centered culture change as “the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of older adult services, where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected”.   It requires changes in organizational practices, physical environments and relationships at all levels.  What better way to do this than for caregivers, front line staff and management to partner together to plan and lead these changes?

In this way it is not only the transformation of care, but also the transformation of the labor management relations within the nursing home.  The book I wrote outlines how to do this and gives homes the tools and information to make this journey together!  The content, tools and templates within this book are based on years of labor management experience in hospitals and nursing homes, my own and others.

Together We Can begins with the idea that relationship building is at the heart of this work.  Forging new relationships and more collaborative ways of working together is how the work begins and how old paradigms begin to change. Changing the organizational structure and the ways that people interact, transforms the care that elders receive and the work environment of those who care for them.   It is truly revolutionary work and I am proud to be part of it!

It is my highest hope that the lessons in this book be applied in other sectors and in our lives.  2012 not as a time to hold back but an opportunity to leap forward and create the change we seek.  If we can see it in our minds eye, feel it in our hearts and spirits we can create it in the world and in our lives!  May this year bring you the courage and opportunity to manifest your highest vision!


6 Responses to “One Year Later- “Together We Can””

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow, Linda, you are amazing! I didn’t even know you were writing this book. I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Tamara Gottstein says:

    how do I get the book?

  3. Rhonda Morton says:

    Congratulations, Linda! May this labor of love spiral out to create change you could barely dare to imagine.


    Thank you Rhonda! What a beautiful thought, thank you!


    Dear Tamara, I will post again when it is available – we are aiming for August. Thanks for asking! Hope you are well.


    Jen, thanks! While I was birthing a book you were getting ready to birth baby May! I can not wait to meet my grandniece!

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