Last week I kicked off the blog series, “Delivering Better Outcomes for Seniors”, with an introductory blog post on the research behind Delivering Better Outcomes. The research showed that more than 50% of failures in the senior population were actually caused by non-medical factors such as home safety issues or not getting everyday needs met.
This week I want to talk about the results of the research and how the research is implemented with an assessment model used by Senior Helpers called LIFE Profile (which stands for Life, Independence, Function & Evaluation).
LIFE Profile adapts more than 18 years of observational data on the social and functional causes of avoidable hospital admission into the following 5-factor assessment framework:
1. Medical Condition Management
2. Safety (Person, Environment, Task Performance)
3. Independence & Autonomy
4. Burden of Care on the Primary Caregiver
5. Quality of Life
Each of the 5 aforementioned critical areas of success are measured and receive their own score in the assessment process for the senior. These scores allow a plan of care to be developed with the family that will subsequently increase the chance of success for the senior by working together to move each individual score to a safer zone. For example, if there are 60 safety risks identified (trip hazards, poisons, bed height) we would want to reduce the number of safety risks to 40 or below to increase the chance of success for the senior in their environment.