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Doll, Kaup use Stowe Award to affect person-centered care policies in nursing homes

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gayle Doll

Gayle Doll and Migette Kaup are recipients of the Dean Barbara S. Stowe Endowed Faculty Development Award for 2012. Their project is Evaluating Pay-for-Performance and Person-Centered Care Policy.

Doll is director of the Center on Aging and an assistant professor. Kaup, an associate professor in the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design, specializes in the connections between aging and the built environment.

The award supports outstanding faculty in the College of Human Ecology in their pursuit of professional growth in advancement of the college mission, said Virginia Moxley, dean.

Doll and Kaup are using the award to further their work in person-centered care in nursing homes. Person-centered care describes the move away from hospital-like styles to a home that allows residents to have more control over their lives.

The Center on Aging and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services actively have promoted culture change in Kansas nursing homes, according to Doll.

The department is attempting to incentivize person-centered care with a program called PEAK 2.0 (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas nursing homes) and the K-State center has been asked to write a proposal to evaluate it.

Migette Kaup

“Kansas has been perceived around the nation as a frontrunner in person-centered care,” Doll added. “It’s the perfect place to begin the effort. This incentive plan will be closely watched by other states.”

To gather information to develop a comprehensive evaluation, she and Kaup met in Washington D.C. with representatives from two national nursing home organizations, LeadingAge  and American Health Care Association; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and the Administration on Aging.

The two professors conduct research in culture change in nursing homes. Kaup evaluates the environment in care facilities to determine how staff function and residents interact. Doll assesses long-term care organization and leads them through the culture change.

“Our goal is to help organizations achieve person-centered care environments within the policy structures that guide their services,” Kaup said.

Kaup holds a Ph.D. in architecture with an emphasis in applied gerontology and long-term care policy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she is a Fellow at the Institute on Aging and Environment. She has worked with gerontological projects such as Meadowlark Hills Retirement Center and Wesley Towers in Hutchinson.

The author of Sexuality and Long-Term Care (Health Professions Press, 2012), Doll is active in community and state programs that promote successful aging. Under her leadership, the Center on Aging has more than quadrupled the number of students enrolled with secondary majors in gerontology. Doll has a Ph.D. from K-State in life span human development.

The award was established to honor former College of Human Ecology Dean Barbara Stowe. She was a progressive and innovative national leader and, as dean from 1983 to 1998, enhanced the stature and productivity of the college.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications


This article was posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.