Where Respect for Elders Means Enhanced Care
Date: May 1, 2013
A new program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center aims to improve the health of older adults by increasing health care providers’ skills in caring for them.
A gift establishing the Daniel and Jeanette Hendin Schapiro Geriatric Medical Education Center, dedicated last fall, was motivated by the donors’ variable experience navigating the health care system with older parents ultimately treated at Bayview, says geriatrician Danelle Cayea, director of the center.
“They saw the difference experience makes in taking care of older adults,” Cayea says.
Through the center, a collaboration between Bayview’s divisions of Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine, Cayea and colleagues are looking to create novel, evidence-based education programs for medical students, residents, physicians and allied health workers to increase their proficiency in elder care. One focus is on improving provider comfort in managing patients with multiple morbidities and a different outlook on life.
Physicians tend to treat each medical problem in sequence, Cayea says. Here, “we’re trying to teach a more holistic method of identifying priorities and goals.”
The center is partnering with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians on pilot projects to enhance care approaches. It also aims to conduct interprofessional team training within the house call setting and to help providers address the needs of caregivers.
Located next to the General Internal Medicine office on the Bayview campus, the new center promotes more cross-talk and resource sharing. It is likely the only center of its kind dedicated to geriatrics education, says Samuel Durso, geriatrics director.
“We’re offering concrete skills to improve care and access for older adults,” he says, “and to enhance the workflow for physicians in practice.”