Adverse Events in Home Care: Identifying and Responding with interRAI Scales and Clinical Assessment Protocols – 2018-01-08

Outcomes of adverse events in home care are varied and multifactorial. This study tested a framework combining two health measures to identify home care recipients at higher risk of long-term care placement or death within one year. Both measures come from the Resident Assessment Instrument-Home Care (RAI-HC), a standardized comprehensive clinical assessment. Persons scoring high in the Method for Assigning Priority Levels (MAPLe) algorithm and Changes in Health, End-stage disease, Signs and Symptoms (CHESS) scale were at the greatest risk of placement or death and more than twice as likely to experience either outcome earlier than others. The target group was more likely to trigger mood, social relationship, and caregiver distress issues, suggesting mental health and psychosocial interventions might help in addition to medical care and/or personal support services. Home care agencies can use this framework to identify home care patients who may require a more intensive care coordinator approach.

Chi-Ling Joanna Sinn, Raquel Souza Dias Betini, Jennifer Wright, Lorri Eckler, Byung Wook Chang, Sophie Hogeveen, Luke Turcotte, John P. Hirdes
Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, 08 January 2018