March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM ET: Mobility Matters for Age-Friendly Care
- Mary Tinetti, MD, Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor, Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Section Chief, Geriatrics (co-chair)
- Marie Cleary-Fishman, BSN, MS, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, CHCQM, Vice President, Clinical Quality, Health Research & Educational Trust (AHA)
- J. Michelle Moccia, DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, Program Director, Senior Emergency Center, St. Mary Mercy Hospital (Trinity Health)
- Belinda Dokic, CPht, BA, MBA, Quality Performance Improvement Leader, St. Mary Mercy Hospital (Trinity Health)
Preventing injuries from falls, especially among the elderly, has been a flagship issue for health care quality improvement and patient safety for nearly two decades. The complications that can follow broken bones at an advanced age, most notably a broken hip, can literally be deadly. This reality, numerous programs, and reporting requirements have kept falls prevention front and center across the health care continuum.
Now a new initiative wants to emphasize the physical and mental health benefits of mobility, and encourage greater mobility for older patients in conjunction with falls prevention, as part of a broadening vision of "age-friendly" care. We're going to explore what this looks like, starting with the hospital setting, on the March 22 WIHI: Mobility Matters for Age-Friendly Care.
Our WIHI guests include Dr. Mary Tinetti, a leading expert in Geriatrics who's written extensively on preventing injurious falls. She's currently co-chair of an IHI-led initiative called Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Tinetti will share research behind providing greater mobility for older patients, and the models health systems are developing.
Trinity Health's Michelle Moccia and Belinda Dokic will describe two models they're testing in Michigan at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. On one unit, there's a Personal Care Assistant, or PCA, whose exclusive role is to ambulate patients; on another unit, ambulation is one of several PCA job responsibilities.
Marie Cleary-Fishman of AHA, a partner in the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, will share a moving story about her elderly father to underscore just how important age-friendly care is to both patients and families.
We hope you'll join us for the important and engaging March 22 WIHI.
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