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Coordinating Community Care for Seniors Coordinating Community Care for Seniors
An increasing number of older adults have physical and mental problems that require assistance with daily living. Most seniors prefer to live independently for as long as possible in their homes. Outreach workers, who know their communities and can connect seniors to available health care and social services, play an important role in helping seniors maintain their independence.

The Featured Innovations describe two programs that provide seniors with care coordination and support, which reduced hospital and nursing home admissions, and a third program that provides care coordination to adults with serious mental illness, which reduced emergency department visits.

The Featured QualityTools provide resources for health care professionals to collaborate with community organizations and to identify services and supports that can be provided at home.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 MD Link: Partnering Physicians with Community Organizations: A Toolkit for Physician Champions
Developed by National Council on Aging

 Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evidence-Based Practices Directory
Developed by Cathedral Square Corporation; University of Vermont, Center on Aging

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 Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty
Developed by Abt Associates

 Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
Developed by National Institute on Aging; National Institutes of Health

 Transportation and Health Toolkit
Developed by American Public Health Association