Rehabilitation care

Innovations

Adult Daycare Program Offers Nursing and Rehabilitative Services, Leading to Improved State of Mind for Low-Income Elders and Disabled Adults 07/11/08

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.

Cooperative Network Improves Patient Transitions Between Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Reducing Readmissions and Length of Hospital Stays 07/04/08

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.

Voluntary Osteoporosis Educational Modules for Nursing Home Physicians and Staff Do Not Reduce Falls or Fractures Among Residents 07/01/08

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.

Consortium of Pennsylvania Hospitals Adopts Standardized Wristband Colors, Leading to Reduction of Falls, Allergic Reactions at Rehabilitation Hospital 06/24/08

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.

Rooftop Garden Provides Healing Environment, Enhancing Recovery for Rehabilitation Hospital Patients 06/23/08

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.

Interim Methadone Maintenance Program Reduces Heroin Use and Increases Treatment Entry Rates for Addicts Awaiting Comprehensive Services 05/02/08

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.

Fall Prevention Program Emphasizes Proactive Identification and Addressing of Risk Factors, Leading to Fewer Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Seniors Receiving Home Care 04/15/08

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.

Home-Based Crisis Intervention Reduces Trauma Symptoms and Behavior Problems Among Children Who Witness Violence 02/25/08

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.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Provides Immediate and Ongoing Services to Children Exposed to Violence and Trauma, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life 02/22/08

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.

Transition Coaches Reduce Readmissions for Medicare Patients With Complex Postdischarge Needs 02/14/08

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.

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