The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) team has published a blog, "To Make Care Age-Friendly, Mobility Matters." 

"If you’ve seen how quickly a relatively mobile older adult can turn into a frail and bedbound patient - not because of a primary illness, but because of a lack of movement - then you can appreciate how dramatically different care is at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in southeast Michigan, and Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. In both hospitals, a plan for mobility is developed for each patient and implemented when appropriate."

"Both Saint Joseph Mercy and Anne Arundel are organizations taking part in the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative."

"Says one Anne Arundel Medical Center staff member: Thousands of Anne Arundel Medical Center patients have benefited from the work we’re doing to create Age-Friendly Health Systems with IHI and The John A. Hartford Foundation. It has profoundly changed our culture and our care model. Our CLABSI and CAUTI rates are at zero. On a unit where the average age is 84, we have not had a fall in three months. Patient satisfaction scores are 83 percent this quarter, up from the 50s."


To read the blog, click here.
To learn more about the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, click here.