Long term care is hard work. It can be hard and lonely and, well, dispiriting. Veteran provider Debbie van Straten says that her own journey through person-centered care hasn't just offered better outcomes for her residents and patients and staff: It's given her a sense of purpose and renewed her spirit.

"When I embraced culture change and vowed never to go back," she writes in the latest at ProviderNation, "it was nirvana. It unshackled my vision and rocked my understanding of aging, the culture of aging. It was a transformational surrender--not just a change but a transformation--that broadened the boundaries of the industry I worked in for over twenty years and allowed me to be an innovator, a pioneer. It allowed me to vision getting it right." Read more of Debbie's thoughts here.