Six adult day health centers provide nursing and rehabilitative services, as well as social programs and activities to elders and other vulnerable adults to maintain and/or improve physical, social, and cognitive functioning, thus avoiding the need for placement in a long-term care facility.
Summa Health System's Care Coordination Network strives to ensure smooth transitions between the hospitals and 40 local skilled nursing facilities, leading to fewer readmissions and lower length of stay in the hospital.
Due to the high prevalence of osteoporosis in nursing homes, researchers from the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development and four other organizations developed and tested a program for fracture and fall prevention for nursing home residents based on established clinical practice guidelines for osteoporosis.
In 2006, a consortium of 11 hospitals in northeastern Pennsylvania voluntarily agreed to initiate a process to standardize the colors of patient wristbands that identify high-risk clinical situations (e.g., patient allergies). Before the program, Pennsylvania hospitals used many different color schemes, leading to an increased risk of near-misses and medical errors.
A rehabilitation hospital constructed a 10,000-square-foot, rooftop healing garden that serves as a place for therapeutic activities and for patients, family members, and staff to spend free time.
Operating within U.S. Federal regulations, the Baltimore Interim Methadone Maintenance program provides interim care (in the form of daily methadone with emergency counseling) to heroin addicts awaiting placement for comprehensive methadone treatment programs.
A fall prevention program for seniors who receive home care uses a 12-element assessment tool to identify risk factors for falls and then develops specific interventions designed to reduce these risks; ongoing monitoring of medications and periodic reassessments help to support the effort.
The Summit County Children Who Witness Violence program was a collaborative effort sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital that was designed to decrease the traumatic impact of witnessing violence for children under the age of 18 years through the use of home-based trauma services.
The Child Development Community Policing Program provides crisis intervention services, clinical services, and coordinated case planning for children, adolescents, and families who are exposed to violence and other traumatizing events.
Transitions coaches encourage recently hospitalized Medicare patients with complex care needs to assert a more active role in their posthospital care, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.