Age-Friendly Action Community Virtual Format Provides Flexibility in Pandemic
Posted on February 18, 2021
The MHA Keystone Center is enrolling Michigan healthcare organizations for its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, which is designed to prevent harm to older adults and decrease costs from readmissions. The Action Community will run from March to September 2021, and participants will convene to test an evidence-based structure to provide exceptional care for older adults that is known as the 4Ms Framework: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility.
The MHA Keystone Center Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community’s virtual curriculum allows members the flexibility to engage at their own pace. Each webinar will be recorded and shared with participants, and members will have access to the MHA Age-Friendly Action Community webpage to post questions and view resources at their convenience. Additionally, the Action Community curriculum will build on participants’ existing practices, resulting in a shift in care rather than adding work to current efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the awareness and importance of advanced care planning and the need to act on each of the 4Ms. Becoming an Age-Friendly Health System will equip healthcare organizations to have critical conversations with older adults that will help develop treatment plans that best match their wants and needs. This is particularly important for individuals living in healthcare settings that increase the risk of person-to-person COVID-19 transmission among patients and staff and serious illness related to COVID-19 infection.
Further, subject matter experts will help form creative solutions to navigate obstacles caused by the pandemic. The Action Community’s webinar content will adjust to match the needs of its participants, which promotes collaboration and problem-solving among members.
Hospital-based, ambulatory care and extended care teams interested in participating in this Action Community may enroll at no cost. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.