Age Friendly Health Systems
Three factors that impact the care of older adults in the United States today are occurring simultaneously. Together the factors make a compelling case for health systems to better support the needs of older adults and caregivers:
- Demography: The number of adults over the age of 65;
- Complexity: The number of older adults with at least one chronic disease; and
- Disproportionate harm: The rate of health care utilization in older adults as compared to other age groups leading to an increase in ED utilization rate.
To address these challenges, in 2017 The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), set a bold vision to build a social movement so that all care with older adults is age-friendly care, which:
- Follows an essential set of evidence-based practices;
- Causes no harm; and
- Aligns with What Matters to the older adult and their family caregivers.
The 4Ms Framework — What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility — make care of older adults that can be complex, more manageable. The 4Ms identify the core issues that should drive all care and decision making with the health care of older adults. The 4Ms organize care and focus on the older adult’s wellness and strengths rather than solely on disease.
The project kicks off on September 16, 2020, and concludes in April 2021. Participation includes access to technical experts in Lean, project management staff to help identify opportunities for improvement and a platform for you to share/brainstorm with peers.
Participant Agreement for Age Friendly Health Systems Kansas Action Community