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Hospital-Based Program Proactively Identifies, Addresses Delirium Risk Factors in Elderly, Leading to Less Cognitive/Functional Decline and Lower Nursing Home Costs 8/27/2014
The Hospital Elder Life Program screens all patients aged 70 years and older at admission for the presence of six risk factors for delirium, and then implements targeted interventions to reduce these risks, leading to less cognitive and functional decline and lower costs.
Membership Program Provides Community-Dwelling Seniors With Access to Wide Array of Health and Social Services, Helping Them Remain in Their Homes 8/27/2014
Beacon Hill Village offers a membership program that provides access to or discounts on a wide array of health care and social support services that are designed to allow people 50 years and older to maintain their health status and independence and thus stay in their own homes as they age (rather than moving to an expensive long-term care facility).
Attempt Telephone-Based Coaching Does Not Reduce Rate of Falls or Fall-Related Injuries, but Prompts Changes in Hospital Processes That May Lead to Future Improvement 8/27/2014
A telephone-based coaching intervention was designed to help hospital-based fall prevention champions identify and implement needed changes in fall-related organizational policies and clinician-specific practices.
Interdisciplinary Team Identifies and Addresses Risk Factors for Falls Among Nursing Home Residents, Leading to Fewer Falls and Less Use of Restraints 8/13/2014
Ethica Health and Retirement Communities developed a falls management program, the cornerstone of which is an interdisciplinary "falls team" at each nursing home that regularly assesses residents for risk of falling and develops intervention plans for those found at high risk.
Physician Practices Use Software-Facilitated System to Complete Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, Improving Preventive Care and Generating High Satisfaction 8/13/2014
Primary care practices use a software-facilitated process to proactively schedule and efficiently complete required components of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit and to identify and address care gaps, leading to improvements in the provision of preventive services and high physician and patient satisfaction.
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Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 6/18/2014
This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient's hospital stay.
Fall Prevention at Home 3/12/2014
This brochure offers suggestions for preventing falls at home.
Center for Healthy Aging: Resource Library 2/26/2014
This library of resources for community-based organizations provides materials to help develop and implement evidence-based programs to promote healthy lives for older adults.
State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention 2/26/2014
The State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention is designed to give State and local coalitions the strategies, tools, and resources to prevent falls among older adults.
National Center for Patient Safety 2004 Falls Toolkit 2/12/2014
This toolkit is a collection of resources and tools to help patient care facility staff create and improve comprehensive falls prevention programs.
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Last updated: September 10, 2014.