as published in 50 Plus Marketplace News and Prime Time for Seniors
By 2030, almost half of Americans will be over age 75. This age wave and shifting consumer demands have spurred previously “siloed” providers to align their thinking and care models, around improving national health.
Juniper’s healthcare delivery model, Connect 4 Life (C4L), targets the demands of the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act. Considered a thought leader in senior living, Juniper’s C4L model is raising the bar for integrated care.
First, C4L makes the most of data and outcomes to drive quality and improve health services for residents. It is a truly data informed model.
“Understanding that data will drive every aspect of healthcare over the next decade,” says Lynne Katzmann, “our model tracks over 90 measures, focused on the physical health of residents”. This enables each community to monitor clinical profiles and identify trends for intervention or improvement. Data, rather than anecdotes, enable staff to solve problems proactively.
The second component is providing care where and when needed. “Improving access to primary care for residents fosters better health,” Katzmann notes. Data from Medicare suggests that onsite primary care services in senior living reduced hospitalization of high-risk patients by nearly 40% and lengthened lives by nearly 25%. Through C4L, Juniper has established primary care practices inside their communities. Benefits include early intervention, better documentation and coordination of care.
To complete the integrated care model, ancillary services are provided onsite through partnerships. C4L cultivates well-being through promotion of physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Onsite therapy services offered 7 days a week is just one example.
“Elder care providers can no longer stand outside the fray,” comments Katzmann. “They must learn to think differently. Juniper has stepped boldly into that future. Connect 4 Life’s data-driven approach, physician integration and strategic partnerships showcase today’s leading approach to elder care.”
Get more information on Juniper’s Innovative Senior Living Programs.