3003 – Friend or Foe: Are You an Age-Friendly Healthcare Organization?
Healthcare professionals are well aware that America is aging, with older adults comprising 20% of the population or 70 million people, by 2030. Let’s look at a few facts:
*Two out of three older adults have multiple chronic conditions and may be on five or more medications.
*According to the American Hospital Association, one in five Medicare beneficiaries is hospitalized one, or more, times per year.
*In the last decade, healthcare organizations have responded to regulatory changes, quality initiatives, plus updated reimbursement strategies and payment structures.
How do we redefine providing care and offer better integration across the healthcare continuum to older adults? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has developed an Age-Friendly Health System Model which addresses the Triple Aim focused on older adults. This includes reducing healthcare-related harms, enhancing the care experience with improved satisfaction and value is optimized for all-patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers and health systems. The IHI model is being implemented in five US health systems in an initiative called Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems (CAFHS). Becoming an age-friendly organization is more than automatic doors and large print signage. All healthcare providers will need to shift thinking away from a paternalistic approach and recommending expensive, unwanted care towards shared decision making , meaningful engagement, and respecting the goals, and preferences of the older adult. We can redesign healthcare delivery to offer the best care to older adults.
Join an interactive discussion on the forces driving these changes, current innovations plus strategies that you can employ in your healthcare organization.