The health care experience is taxing and confusing for patients and their families. The complexity often leads to disengagement and poor adherence to the plan of care. The Bridge Model is designed to integrate into any health care system in order to address these issues.
Bridge uses social workers to provide transitional care services, and leverages psychotherapy techniques to increase patient activation and follow-through. This approach of addressing both medical and social issues leads to many positive outcomes, including significantly lower readmission rates and decreased stress for patients and family caregivers.
Analysis of a Social Work–Based Model of Transitional Care to Reduce Hospital Readmissions: Preliminary Data by Boutwell and colleagues was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (May 2016). Findings demonstrated all cause readmissions among all home-going Medicare FFS beneficiaries by a statically significant 20%. This effort was conducted at scale – 1,546 discharges to home (with or without home […]
The Community Memorial Foundation has always supported the Bridge Model and continues to be a valuable partner in its development. We were pleased to see the success of Bridge highlighted in the Feb. 16th Grantmakers for Health Bulletin article on the evolution of the Aging Well Neighborhood at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, entitled, “The Health Care Neighborhood: Philanthropy’s […]