To achieve significant healthcare improvements for the ageing and vulnerable groups of patients it is critical to better understand their needs, abilities, their environments and a focus on the quality and safety of healthcare services delivered to them.
To improve the health and well-being of the ageing and vulnerable groups of ageing patients such as the demented, involves the proactive application of interventions, strategies and technologies that address specific healthcare challenges and needs of these patients, as well as reduce operational costs. These are:
- Support the creation of innovative environments for the care and well-being of the ageing patient: design, build capacity for implementing new evidence-based approaches and environments for socially-embedded, emphatic and integrated care.
- Interventions for the care of the ageing patient: develop and promote new integrated interventions of care, including pharmacological, non-pharmacological, complementary, and ambient care interventions.
- Build capacity and skill sets among healthcare professionals and communities for the attainment of safe, high-quality and ethical delivery of care that addresses the growing challenges of cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of the ageing patient.
-Biotechnological and clinical innovations
– Fine-tuned healthcare environments for the ageing and the health professionals
– Integrating pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies
– Maintaining continuum of diagnosis and care
– Therapy through the senses
-Applying patient safety strategies
– Ensuring quality improvement strategies
Innovations, interventions and harmonized environments and cultures under these categories are being increasingly seen in exemplar facilities in some resource-rich countries. Some relate to improvements in quality and safety of care delivered to patients, others to harmonizing healthcare environments and applying technological innovations and assisted technologies to improve the well being of patients, whether related to physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioural challenges and disorders. In European and US studies some of these innovations and interventions have shown to improve care delivered and reduce costs. However, the realities for the majority of health facilities and organizations caring for the ageing in most countries worldwide remain critically disheartening. More information at Reijin…….. (website under development)