Why the Not-for-Profit Difference Matters
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Although the types of care and services provided by LeadingAge Texas members may vary, all are identical in one primary sense: they are not-for-profit. These providers have a long tradition of community service and concern, and these values drive the delivery of care and services. Their nonprofit approach places emphasis on providing an atmosphere of fellowship and caring; meeting the social, physical and spiritual needs of the individual; and helping older persons preserve the dignity and quality of life they deserve in their retirement years. They offer a commitment to quality that stems from a mission of service and history of compassion which has become the hallmark of the not-for-profit aging services provider. Click here to learn more about the nonprofit responsibility.
The Not-for-Profit Difference
Texas not-for-profit providers and caregivers are leading the way towards a greater purpose of helping older Texans age safely in the place they call home with innovative care and services, while treating each resident with dignity and respect.
Commitment to Quality
Not-for-profit providers of aging services offer a commitment to quality that stems from a mission of service and a history of compassion.
A major study of nursing home quality in the U.S. and Canada found that not-for-profits consistently delivered better outcomes in four key areas relating to quality:
- More or higher quality of staffing.
- Lower prevalence of pressure ulcers.
- Lower prevalence of restraints.
- Fewer government citations for deficiencies.
Commitment to Person-Directed Care
The latest evolution in senior services revolves around respecting the needs and desires of the individual, rather than fitting the individual to traditional patterns of the facility. Many not-for-profit providers are at the forefront of this change.
Commitment to Staff
As part of its mission, a not-for-profit organization recognizes that staff satisfaction and commitment are related to sufficient numbers of staff, fair wages and benefits, work flexibility when needed, continuing education/growth opportunities and an environment of respect.
Commitment to Ongoing Improvement
Not-for-profit organizations are committed to innovation and continuous quality improvement, with a goal of improving the entire field of aging services. They tailor housing, health care and community services to address unmet needs within our communities.
Not-for-profit organizations have been at the forefront of improving services for older persons, pioneering the introduction of new options such as “small house” nursing centers. Not-for-profits also have been driving important reforms, including reductions in the use of restraints and psychotropic drugs in nursing centers.
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The Not-for-Profit Difference Materials
Communicating the Not-For-Profit Difference in Aging Services
Growing the Nonprofit Difference Video Series
Not-For-Profits: There Is a Difference