• Kehillat Tsomachat - Regenerative Communities

    Background

    The Regenerative Community model was developed in the U.S. in the 1970's as part of the movement to change the culture around services for older adults. Barry Barkan founded this movement, which shifts away from the medical model on which long-term care facilities and other services in the community were based. In 2010, following Barkan's visit to Israel, the first regenerative community was established in Israel.

    Need

    There is a need for a cultural change within the provision of services for older adults. Relationship building and communication between older adults, their families and staff members should foster a homelike atmosphere rather than that of a medical institution.

    Program

    This program takes place in old age homes and day care centers in order to shift the culture around working with residents/ participants in these environments. This model is working to empower older adults by giving them more control over their lives within the framework of the home/center. Through councils and other leadership structures, older adults can influence certain aspects of the Nursing Home/Day Center. For example, they can create dinner menus, plan events, and select types of recreational activities according to their preferences.

    The meetings, held on a daily or weekly basis, are based on a structured set of activities: a personal greeting and welcome to each participant, singing a song chosen by the group, exercises, a group discussion and a closing song. The meetings are led by a community facilitator, who is a permanent professionals at the facility, usually an occupational coordinator, social worker, or cultural coordinator.

    Eshel and its partners have successfully implemented this program in approximately 100 departments across 50 facilities, including 30 old age homes and 20 day care centers. 2,000 participants are currently benefiting from this program.

    Outcomes

    • Build a home-like atmosphere within the facility
    • Strengthen the relationship between the staff and the program participants
    • Strengthen emotional resilience
    • Empower older adults with a sense of purpose, meaning and ability
    • Acquires knowledge, tools and skills that advances independence and autonomy
    • Increase sense of belonging to the community

    Contract Dates

    2012- 2016 

    Partners

    National Insurance Institute