The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) launched a project to set new standards and enhance quality of end-of-life care. The project – valued at $1.9m – is the only one of its kind in New York State being used in nursing homes. While Americans age, it is increasingly likely that they will live out their days in nursing homes (estimates for 2020 reaching 40 percent). With this new PCORI project, those in this field like the Dry Harbor Rehab and Nursing Home will be given additional assistance for the care of the elderly in nursing homes.
Getting additional help for nursing care residents will definitely be welcome. According to an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences, Helena Temikin-Greener Ph.D., M.S. (also lead investigator of the study), nursing home staff are not adequately prepared to provide the care needed for residents approaching death. Such a project, with its large funds, is long overdue and will definitely help the situation for nursing home workers and residents alike.
Within this project, nursing home staff like those at Dry Harbor will thus be given training in the area of palliative care. Team-based models for nursing home staff will be developed through existing models used in acute-care settings, which will also focus on enhanced communication and decision-making. Issues covered will include: breathing difficulties; hospitalizations and pain management.
The study also showed that teams (rather than individuals) produce “better health care options.” Thus the project’s aim is to work with both palliative care standards and new organizational models. It is hoped that this will render improved care to residents.