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IU, Regenstrief initiative aims to decrease hospitalization of nursing home residents
Date:10/24/2013

nstrief geriatrics and palliative care experts along with their nursing facility partners. Specially trained nurses are stationed on site at the 19 Central Indiana nursing facilities to provide direct support to long-stay residents as well as education and training to the staff.

OPTIMISTIC nurses also lead care management reviews of long-stay patients to optimize chronic disease management, reduce unnecessary medications and clarify care goals. Nurse practitioners cover "pods" of geographically related facilities providing additional resources and expertise to the onsite nurses.

Nursing homes participating in OPTIMISTIC are:

  • Allisonville Meadows
  • American Village
  • Brownsburg Meadows
  • Countryside Meadows
  • Forest Creek Village
  • Golden Living Indianapolis
  • Greenwood Meadows
  • Harrison Terrace
  • Hooverwood
  • Kindred Greenwood
  • Kindred Wildwood
  • Miller's Merry Manor, Castleton
  • Miller's Merry Manor, Indy East
  • North Capitol
  • Northwest Manor
  • Rosewalk Village
  • Riverwalk Village
  • University Heights
  • Westpark

"OPTIMISTIC benefits our long term residents. An experienced and highly trained RN conducts assessments and evaluations. This work supplements, complements and informs the care that our nursing center staff provide," said Pamela Zanes, RN, BSN, Ed.M., senior director of care transitions, Kindred Heathcare. "The OPTIMISTIC nurse's findings are reviewed and discussed with the physician and nurse practitioner caring for the patient as well as the other members of the interdisciplinary care team. OPTIMISTIC also provides educational sessions for our staff which enhances their ability to care for our residents."

OPTIMISTIC is supported by one of only seven cooperative agreement awards nationwide to implement CMS' Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. In addition to Indiana, programs are underway in Ala
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-843-2276
Indiana University
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