What Matters Most?
A telehealth educational program for nursing home staff, residents, and residents’ families
When it comes to your workforce and your residents, what matters most? What is most important to their wellbeing? How can you improve the quality of life for your residents? How can you build a sense of community?
Johns Hopkins University, Penn State, and Virginia Commonwealth University worked together to help you answer these questions. Guided by the IHI Age-Friendly 4 Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility), we will use a telehealth platform to engage your staff, residents, and family/caregivers. Our goal is to foster professional partnerships between nursing homes and academic health centers, enhance educational opportunities, and ultimately, improve health outcomes and quality of life for nursing home residents.
For Your Nurses (RNs and LPNs):
- Six brief videos for RNs and LPNs.
- Topics covered: the 4Ms including behavioral and mental health conditions (dementia, delirium, and depression); health disparities; medications, workforce preparedness/enhancement; and strengthening the workforce community
- Age-Friendly Care for Nurses: What Matters Most
- Medications and Age-Friendly Care: Ensuring Medications don't interfere with What Matters Most
- Mind/Mentation of Age-Friendly Care-Prevent, identify and manage depression
- Mind/Mentation of Age-Friendly Care-Prevent, identify and manage dementia
- Mind/Mentation of Age-Friendly Care-Prevent, identify and manage delirium
- Mobility/Function of Age-Friendly Care to ensure that the older adult moves safely in order to maintain function and do What Matters
For Your Direct Care Workers:
If you care for individuals with dementia, delirium or depression (The "3Ds") We are excited to offer you a short, video-based education program that will develop your skills! Developed by experts at Johns Hopkins University, Penn State, and Virginia Commonwealth University, "What Matters Most' is an opportunity to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents. Guided by the IHI Age-Friendly 4 Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility). Our goal is to ultimately improve health outcomes and quality of life for nursing home residents. Thank you for joining us on this important mission! Find the course here.
For Your Residents and Their Families and/or Caregivers:
We know that health is a team effort, and we know that YOU belong in the driver’s seat. Explore our site to learn more about age-friendly care, take our online courses to get an in-depth look at the 4Ms framework and how it applies to you, and check our age-friendly resources under Tips and Tools. See something missing that would be helpful? Find the course here.
This project U1QHP28744-06-02 is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $375,000 with 0 percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.