Hospitalizations can be a detriment to our residents, impacting their quality of life and resulting in earlier mortality, immobility, or cognitive decline. Assisted living must think about addressing both acute and chronic care while remaining a social model. Now is the time to seek out partnerships with other providers to provide distance monitoring to support the care provided in assisted living so residents can be cared for and not unnecessarily transferred to a hospital. These interventions can be person-centered and individualized.
1. Understand the importance of safely reducing hospital readmissions
2. Learn about how the tools from the INTERACT program, POLST, and others can be used in continuing education.
3. Examine attitudes and individual beliefs about caring for the elderly and the impact these have on culture change.
Loretta Kaes, RN B-C, C-AL, LNHA, CALA
Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Services
Health Care Association of New Jersey