Weiss Memorial Hospital has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence.
Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative led by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. It is a movement to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality health care in every setting based on what matters most to older adults as individuals (see ihi.org/AgeFriendly).
As part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems Action movement, we are among the first health systems in the country implementing age-friendly health care.
The four essential elements of an Age-Friendly Health System are known as the 4Ms:
- What Matters: Know and align care with each older adult's specific health outcome goals and care preferences including, but not limited to, end-of-life care, and across settings of care.
- Medication: If medication is necessary, use Age-Friendly medication that do not interfere with What Matters to the older adult, Mobility, or Mentation across settings of care.
- Mentation: Prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, depression, and delirium across settings of care.
- Mobility: Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters.