Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults summarizes the evidence base and explores how social isolation and loneliness affect health and quality of life in adults aged 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations. This report makes recommendations specifically for clinical settings of health care to identify those who suffer the resultant negative health impacts of social isolation and loneliness and target interventions to improve their social conditions.
The Social Needs Screening tool screens for five core health-related social needs, which include housing, food, transportation, utilities, and personal safety, using validated screening questions, as well as the additional needs of employment, education, child care, and financial strain.
The revised Social Needs Screening Toolkit combines Health Leads’ 20+ years of experience implementing social needs programs with well researched, clinically-validated guidelines from sector authorities like the Institute of Medicine, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention — all in a single how-to guide.
This How-to Guide supports teams in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and their community partners in co-designing and reliably implementing improved care processes to ensure that residents have a safe, effective transition into and are actively received by the SNF .
This How-to Guide is designed to support hospital-based teams and their community partners in co-designing and reliably implementing improved care processes to ensure that patients who have been discharged from the hospital have an ideal transition to the next setting of care (such as a primary care practice, home care, or a skilled nursing facility).
This How-to Guide is designed to support home health care improvement teams and their hospital and community partners in co-designing and reliably implementing improved care processes to ensure that patients who have been discharged from the hospital have an effective transition into home health care in the first 48 hours after discharge from the hospital, a post-acute care setting, or a rehabilitation facility.
This How-to Guide is designed to support office practice-based teams and their community partners in co-designing and reliably implementing improved care processes to ensure that patients who have been discharged from the hospital have an ideal transition back to the care team in the office practice.
Read your state’s Naloxone access rules and valuable resources.
A link to the most current State Operations Manual (SOM) for Long Term Care Facilities.
A Sepsis Staff Training Program
This resource provides strategies for making long term care more culturally and linguistically appropriate for residents, especially racial/ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Companion document to Nursing Home Tag Specific Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Communicating well with a doctor is an important part of getting good medical care. These National Institute on Aging (NIA) articles and worksheets can help patients prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, manage medications, choose a new doctor, and coordinate help from family caregivers.
Find information about telehealth services, including information on how to prepare for an online appointment and whether your online visit is covered by insurance.
Download, print, and copy NIA’s worksheets to help you organize your questions, medical history, and more when talking with your doctor.
Use these 5 steps to find a new doctor you can trust. These tips can help you find the best primary care physician for your needs and values.
Looking for a new doctor? As you search, keep this list of questions handy. It covers clinical qualifications, practical issues, and office policies.
Plan what you’d like to discuss with the doctor before your visit. Make a list of concerns and medications. Request an interpreter if you need one.
Get tips on how to make the most of your time at your doctor’s appointment. Decide what’s most important, be honest, and set priorities for best results.
Learn how to describe your symptoms, medications, daily habits, and other concerns to your doctor so you get the best possible care.
Don’t wait for the doctor to raise a topic you’re worried about. Ask questions about tests, diagnoses, and prescriptions to proactively manage your health.
Work with your doctor to make important decisions about your health. Learn how to get a second opinion if you need one. Read questions to ask your surgeon.
How do I talk about embarrassing topics with my doctor? These tips can help you bring up memory loss, falls, driving, sexuality, incontinence, and more.
Discharge planning begins shortly after the patient is admitted to the hospital, using the 8P risk assessment screening tool will help identify which patients have the highest risk for readmission.
The opioid crisis poses an extraordinary challenge to communities throughout our country. The Department of Justice (the Department) has responded with a comprehensive approach prioritizing prevention, enforcement, and treatment. This includes enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) who are not engaging in illegal drug use, including those who are taking legally-prescribed medication to treat their OUD.
This guidance document provides information about how the ADA can protect individuals with OUD from discrimination—an important part of combating the opioid epidemic across American communities. While this document focuses on individuals with OUD, the legal principles discussed also apply to individuals with other types of substance use disorders.