Long-term care

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Caregivers Count Too!: A Toolkit to Help Practitioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers 02/01/12

This toolkit is a step-by-step resource filled with practical information and resources to assess caregiver needs in service delivery settings. It designed for program administrators and practitioners to serve two purposes: (1) sharpen their awareness of caregivers as an at-risk population, whose own needs should be determined by an assessment; and (2) add to their knowledge and skills, helping to equip them for developing and implementing an appropriate caregiver assessment process in their...

Always Events® Toolbox 12/08/11

This toolbox contains tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in implementing Always Events ® initiatives and meeting their patient- and family-centered care goals. Always Events ® are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with healthcare professionals and the delivery system.”

These tools and strategies were developed by numerous health care professionals from...

The Aging Network and Care Transitions: Preparing Your Organization Toolkit 11/23/11

Developed for States, area agencies on aging, aging and disability resource centers, tribal organizations, and other local service providers within the National Aging Network, the Administration on Aging Care Transitions Toolkit is targeted to organizations that are interested in learning more about how to prepare their organization for a role in care transitions programs. It provides tools and resources to assist in developing partnerships with health care providers or programs that span...

Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 09/26/11

These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.

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LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: Facts on Care in the US) 09/01/11

This Web site for researchers and policymakers provides data, tools, and results to better understand the long-term care system in areas of the United States and to achieve improvements. It allows users to customize and download maps and tables to gather information by state, county, or individual facility. Custom tables can include information on facility characteristics, locations, resident characteristics, local characteristics, facility staffing, admissions, quality, and long-term care...

Health Information Technology Toolkit for Home Health Agencies 09/01/11

This toolkit for home health agencies, private duty nursing services, home-based hospices, and other organizations providing health care services, provides resources and tools to plan and implement health information technology in the home health location.

Each tool includes a statement of purpose, instructions for use of the tool, and tool structure. The toolkit consists of seven stages categorized into three main sections:

  • Section 1: Adopt
    • Assess
    • ...
12 Steps for Creating a Culture of Retention: A Workbook for Home and Community-Based Long-Term Care Providers 09/01/11

This workbook, developed by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), provides home and community-based long-term care agencies with 12 concrete steps to guide the development of recruitment, selection, and retention practices. These steps are based on the principle that direct care workers must have quality jobs to provide the highest quality care for consumers.

The workbook is designed as a concise reference tool and checklist, and includes a case study of a home care...

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools 08/03/11

INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:

  • Communication tools
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STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 08/03/11

The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:

  • A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
  • Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations

The project Web site includes the following materials:

  • STAAR...
On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities 06/22/11

The On-Time Quality Improvement program is a practical approach to quality improvement (QI) in long-term care, embedding QI strategies and best practices into health information technology. This manual is an introduction to the On-Time QI approach. It provides an overview of the tools and process improvements and describes the implementation process. Target users are stakeholders interested in nursing home QI, nursing home leaders responsible for deciding QI priorities, and nursing home...

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