The business of care has many faces. From hospitals to the small group home that may be around the corner to medical care in correctional facilities, there are many mechanisms for taking care of the aged, disabled and injured among us. Collaboration in the larger spectrum is pretty solid as hospitals share in research projects and specializations in care.
When you come down to the smaller provider from the larger clinically oriented assisted living to the 6 to 8 bed group home, the collaboration is pretty much non-existent. Why is this dangerous?
Populations in general benefit from a uniform approach to long-term care. This means that best practices governing care safety, morality in care and certain protocol affecting how we help people with specific issues needs to be reflected in all care venues. These issues might be behavioral in nature or related more to a physical aspect of well-being. The division is even wider when you consider how many providers refuse to assist new or prospective providers who may be entering a similar business that renders care.
Maybe we will never know why this exists. Could it be a general fear of competition on any level or an internal selfishness that stands against the very concept of entrepreneurial sharing and mentoring? Who knows, but it goes against the “pay it forward” mentality that feeds economic growth and that promotes positive spirituality.
Sharing clinical approaches helps to heighten the quality of services offered everywhere and this is why refusing to collaborate makes this a dangerous issue.
Perhaps the question for everyone involved is whether or not we will work individually to move beyond this stalemate. Step 1 might be geographic based committees that contribute to improvements in care delivery on the community level. Whatever the starting point, all of us must take a look in the mirror and examine to what extent our own collaborative approach contributes to the greater good of care in general.
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