February 2, 2016
NYU’s Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program is Awarded $1.5M Grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation for its Long Term Care Program
New York University College of Nursing’s (NYUCN) NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Program was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation to fund the expansion and adaptation of a new initiative, NICHE-Long Term Care (NICHE-LTC) to further develop and improve treatment outcomes, patient care, and staff competencies in nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other post-acute settings. NICHE-LTC program will be based on the successful and self-sustaining NICHE hospital program, a model developed with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation.
“Recent projections estimate that over two-thirds of individuals who reach age 65 will need long term care services during their lifetime,” says Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, NYUCN. “We need to ensure that this vulnerable population can age with dignity, fairness, and respect throughout the continuum of care. Thanks to this generous grant, NICHE-LTC will provide the tools and resources to help long term care organizations provide optimal care for their residents.”
The number of adults over age 85 is expected to almost triple, from 6.3 million in 2015 to 17.9 million in 2050, accounting for 4.5% of the total population. Decreasing family size and increasing employment rates among women may reduce the traditional pool of family caregivers, further stimulating demand for paid long term care services.
“Older adults and their families, in many cases, are faced with difficult decisions about where their long-term care needs will be met,” says Barbara Bricoli, executive director of NICHE. “Increasingly, these needs are being met outside the home, through transitions into skilled nursing facilities, with the expectation that quality care will be provided. We need to ensure that those who work in long-term care settings are appropriately educated and adequately prepared to meet the rising demand for these vital services.”
NICHE hospitals report improved patient outcomes, decreased lengths of stay, reductions in 30-day readmissions, and higher patient and staff satisfaction while lowering costs. Like the hospital program, NICHE-LTC will be nurse driven, and will build workforce capacity and collaboration to make evidence-based best practice the standard in long term care settings.
“We're very excited that NICHE will be expanding to the long term care arena,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City. “The opportunity to provide seamless care across settings is essential for the wellbeing of the older adult. We feel confident that the NYU College of Nursing NICHE team will do an outstanding job as we move to the next phase of this important work.”
The grant project will focus on the development of comprehensive curricula, benchmarking and measurement tools, training and mentoring resources, and a quality improvement process to support organizational change and improvement in the care of older adults in the long term care settings. Over three years, it is expected that 225 nursing homes will become NICHE designated through the NICHE-LTC initiative, establishing a NICHE program in their organizations by implementing geriatric quality improvement innovations and building staff competence in care for older adults.
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all people 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, consists of over 660 healthcare organizations in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, visit www.nicheprogram.org/.
About The John A. Hartford Foundation
Founded in 1929 by John and George Hartford of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. As 10,000 people turn 65 every day, the largest-ever generation of older adults is living and working longer, redefining later life, and enriching our communities and society. Comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care that keeps older adults as healthy as possible is essential to sustaining these valuable contributions. The John A. Hartford Foundation believes that its investments in aging experts and innovations can transform how care is delivered, lowering costs and dramatically improving the health of older adults. For more information, visit www.jhartfound.org
About New York University College of Nursing
NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science with major in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development. For more information, visit https://nursing.nyu.edu/
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