Age-Friendly Health Systems Resources and News
Resources to Practice Age-Friendly Care
Numerous resources are available to help your team and organization practice age-friendly care and to guide your journey toward becoming an Age-Friendly Health System. IHI Insights, in addition to selected news and journal articles, will help you learn more about Age-Friendly Health Systems.
Getting Started Guides
Guide to Using the 4Ms in the Care of Older Adults in Hospitals and Ambulatory Practices
The guide is designed to help care teams test and implement a specific set of evidence-based, geriatric best practices called the "4Ms": What Matters, Medication, Mentation, Mobility.
Guide to Care of Older Adults in Nursing Homes
IHI, along with partner nursing homes, has developed the Age-Friendly Health Systems Guide to Care of Older Adults in Nursing Homes and companion document, Age-Friendly Health Systems Workbook for Nursing Homes Teams. The Guide presents a systems-based approach to implementing the 4Ms throughout the nursing home, and the Workbook is designed by and for point-of-care teams that interact with individual residents each day.
Guide to Recognition for Geriatric Emergency Department Accredited Sites
Geriatric Emergency Department Accredited sites are well aligned with 4Ms care. This guide provides an overview of each initiative, illustrates the overlap between them, and provides guidance on incorporating What Matters to older adults into Geriatric Emergency Department care.
Guide to Recognition for Geriatric Surgery Verification Hospitals
Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) Hospitals are well aligned with 4Ms care. This guide provides an overview of each initiative and illustrates the GSV Standards that meet the requirements for recognition as an Age-Friendly Health System when provided to adults ages 65+.
Guide to Using the 4Ms in the Care of Older Adults in the Convenient Care Clinic
This guide contains resources to help convenient care clinics implement the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility) into their setting of care.
The Three Keys to Cross-Sector Age-Friendly Care
Improving Public Health and Health Care for Older Adults: The Three Keys to Cross-Sector Age-Friendly Care Implementation Guide and Workbook contains resources to improve how public health and health care organizations work across the care continuum. The accompanying materials also provide guidance and specific recommendations to support efforts to provide age-friendly care to all older adults.
Age-Friendly Health Systems EHR Implementation Guides
- Download the EHR Implementation Guide with Cerner Examples
- Download the EHR Implementation Guide with Epic Examples
- Download the Epic Implementation Guide
For feedback or questions about these guides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age-Friendly Health Systems Measures Guide
Guidance on how to use and track a series of measures to help study your performance.
Spreading Age-Friendly Care: From One Care Location to Reach Older Adults Across Your Health System
The guide will help health systems in spreading the 4Ms through all sites of care by discussing international effort and specific activities to reach this goal.
Read these IHI Insights posts to learn how different health systems have spread 4Ms care using the drivers or approaches outlined in the guide.
- Hartford HealthCare: Celebrate and tell your stories to drive spread
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: Calculate the financial impact of practicing the 4Ms
- Providence Health: Get specific about which health system priorities are advanced by the 4Ms
- MaineHealth: Gather evidence of impact during piloting of the 4Ms
4Ms Framework of an Age-Friendly Health System
Making the Business Case for Age-Friendly Health Systems
Working with Older Adults
Equity in Age-Friendly Care
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