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Why the Not-for-Profit Difference Matters 

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.

 

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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