Age-Friendly Health System
In an Age-Friendly Health System, every older adult gets the best care possible, is not harmed by health care, and is highly satisfied with the care they receive. This is achieved when the health system addresses the 4Ms:
- What Matters to the older adult and their family, aligning the care plan with older adult preferences
- Mobility – keeping older adults moving at their highest level possible
- Medication – decreasing high risk medications and the overall number of medications prescribed to the older adult
- Mentation, or Mind – screening for and treating depression, delirium, and dementia
“Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of 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). The goal of the initiative is to rapidly spread the 4Ms Framework to 20 percent of US hospitals and medical practices by 2020.” – IHI
Rush University Medical Center has joined the national movement to improve health care for older adults by becoming the only hospital in Illinois to be part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. Please click here for the news release with additional information.