Institute to Advance Home-Centered Care (IAHCC)

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AT-A-GLANCE

What is the IAHCC?

The Institute to Advance Home-Centered Care is a collaborative organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the frail elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers. Our vision is to ensure home-based access to the right care, at the right time and with the right resources.

The IAHCC is building on the success of its founder, Dr. Tom Cornwell, who has delivered home-centered health care with the support of Cadence Health to Chicago’s western suburbs for the last 20 years. Together with an advisory board that constitutes a who’s who of home-centered and palliative care, the IAHCC is committed to the advancement of home-centered health care and improved chronic disease management.

The IAHCC’s goal is to develop:

What is home-centered care?

Home-centered care encompasses any interdisciplinary health and supportive services delivered in a person’s residence to cost-effectively enable aging in place. Home-centered health care joins modern diagnostic and treatment technology with the time-honored practice of making house calls.

Its applications include:

The multidisciplinary home-centered care team can include:

Why promote home-centered care now?

Four factors make this an ideal time to institute a home-centered health care model:

Demographics

Today, the aging U.S. population is increasingly plagued with multiple chronic diseases that make it difficult for them to leave their homes. Chronically ill, elderly patients represent 10% of all healthcare beneficiaries, but account for 57% of all health expenditures – primarily because of excessive hospital and emergency room visits. Nearly 3/4 of those patients would prefer to die at home, but only 1/4 of them have the opportunity. Instead, many of those hospitalized receive costly and painful high-tech interventions.

Technology

Advances in health care technology now make it increasingly easy to provide quality care in the home. From portable imaging machines to diagnostic apps for smart phones, diagnostic technology in the home is as comprehensive as the technology in a doctor’s office or walk-in clinic.

Affordable Care Act

New affordable health care legislation includes penalties to hospitals with high readmission rates. A recent study showed that home visits by nurse practitioners for three months after hospitalization for congestive heart failure can cut readmissions by more than half.

Resources and expertise

A wealth of talented, nationally renowned physicians and health experts are prepared to embark on this massive endeavor, collaborating to capitalize on the momentum and the timely opportunity to transform palliative and end-of-life care.

The benefits of home-centered care

Bringing doctors and support service providers to the home or assisted living facility can help prevent avoidable hospital visits and treatments, providing a tremendous cost savings. Home-centered health care also allows patients to age in a place of their choosing and preserve their dignity.

Make a donation today

Join Cadence Health in supporting the Institute to Advance Home-Centered Care with a donation. Contact the IAHCC directly at 630.315.6140 or Thomas.Cornwell@CadenceHealth.org. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

To make a donation online, go to the Cadence Health Foundation donation page and complete the form as directed. Under “Please direct my gift,” select “Other” and type in “IAHCC” to ensure that your donation will benefit home-centered care.

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