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Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems

Overview

The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) are partnering on the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. The goal of the initiative is to develop an Age-Friendly Health Systems model and rapidly spread the model to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020.

Five U.S. health systems participating in the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative will test and scale up the prototype model in their organizations. They include three Catholic ministries: Ascension, Trinity Health and Providence St. Joseph Health. Learn more.

As this initiative takes shape, CHA will provide timely updates and articles on this page. For additional information, please contact Julie Trocchio, CHA's senior director of community benefit and continuing care.

"Our goal is to close the gap between what we know and what we do when it comes to our older patients, … We want to do the right thing for each patient, each time and we need to quantify this."

— Ann Hendrich, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, Ascension

The Four Ms

The initial focus of the health systems participating in the initiative will be four high-level interventions (referred to as the "4 Ms"):

  • What Matters: Understand and actively support what matters to older adults
  • Mobility: Review mobility plans for each patient
  • Medications: Discuss whether medications are unnecessary or potentially harmful
  • Mentation: Improve mentation by addressing problems like dementia, delirium, and depression

Helpful Websites and Tools

IHI's Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems Site

Health in Aging.org

Self Assessment Tool - Age Friendly Health System


Related Articles

The Age-Friendly Health System Imperative (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 6, 2017)

Systems embark on making health care 'friendly' for the elderly (Catholic Health World, Aug. 15, 2017)

Hospitals Working on Becoming More Age-friendly (AHC Media, July 1, 2017)

The Health Care and Caregiving Our Parents Need (Next Avenue, June 27, 2017)

Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems Interview (Better Health While Aging, May 18, 2017)

3 Ways to Make Hospital Care More Age-Friendly (IHI Blog, May 16, 2017)

How Health Systems Can Provide Better Care For Seniors (Forbes, April 19, 2017)

What Will It Take to Make Our Care Systems More "Age-Friendly"? (IHI Blog, April 14, 2017)

The Future of Age-Friendly Care (Hospitals & Health Networks, March 27, 2017)

Age-Friendly Health Systems: How Do We Get There? (Health Affairs, Nov. 3, 2016)