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As electronic paperwork saddles physicians, it becomes even more difficult for them to screen, diagnose and prescribe effective treatments because of the limited time they have with patients. This becomes an even larger issue in senior care as families and physicians have a smaller window into the everyday life, health and habits of the patient or loved one. These parties count on senior living facilities to create the bigger picture of patient history and health. However, some communities aren’t adequately prepared to serve as this important liaison.
With this in mind, RENEW Saddle Rock developed the Collaborative Care Dashboard – a proprietary reporting evaluation that provides medical practitioners and families with greater transparency into the everyday health status of residents. The report enables primary care professionals to measure and understand each residents’ overall health trend and determine the best course of treatment that will give them the highest quality of life.
“The Collaborative Care Dashboard is presented to families and physicians on a quarterly basis in graphic form, helping them to identify trends in quality of life measures,” said Karen Doll, MSN CVNP-BC RENEW Management Clinical Liaison “Alongside the report, our staff has a menu of interventions that can be deployed to moderate the risk of unfavorable trends and help prevent small problems from becoming larger issues.”
Gathering research from accredited studies and assessment tools in geriatrics and dementia, the Collaborative Care Dashboard takes into account and measures against characteristics and tendencies of those suffering from dementia, including depression, cognition, nutrition, behavior and even happiness. Using these tools to measure current status, the report gives a trend of where patients stand in order to enable primary care professionals to measure and understand the disease progression, more easily determining the best course of treatment in real-time.
“This tool has been extremely helpful to validate and transform care for what would normally be subjective observations and concerns that easily fly under the radar because they aren’t clinically evident,” said Lee Tuchfarber, Chief Executive Officer.
“The Collaborative Care Dashboard is a useful tool to provide black and white data regarding trends that we are seeing in a resident related to their cognition, weight, fall risk & nutritional status. This creates a visual platform for families and physicians, which can open the door to other justifiable interventions such as home health services or possibly hospice,” said Erica Kowalczyk, Director of Wellness at Renew Saddle Rock Memory Care.
For example, falls are very common and can be detrimental for senior populations as they lead to hip fractures which have been proven to lead to higher mortality. However, if monitored through the Collaborative Care Dashboard findings, the increase in fall risk over time can be addressed through a concerted effort with risk avoidance interventions combined with balance and strength training.
“It is in our DNA to want to go further and be on the leading edge of healthcare, not to be mired in the status quo,” said Doll. “And this Collaborative Care Dashboard is one of many cutting-edge steps we’re taking to get there.”
RENEW Saddle Rock is transforming the typical senior living facility model through innovative approaches such as this – including a unique approach to multigenerational collaboration, strong medical oversight and sophisticated data collection to aid medical practitioners and families, all to create a new and desirable model of memory care.
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