Across all care settings, an interdisciplinary approach leads to better patient outcomes. This has long been the experience of RehabCare and other clinicians and is also the takeaway of a new position paper published by the Journal of The American Geriatrics Society. The paper was produced by the Partnership for Health in Aging, a collection of over 30 organizations supported by the American Geriatrics Society who represent healthcare for older adults.

Silos in healthcare delivery cause unnecessary fragmentation and may not address a patient’s condition fully, Long-Term Living Magazine reports.

“When healthcare providers work independently, care can be unduly fragmented and fail to address the older person's overall needs,” wrote the authors of the paper. “For example, an individual's multiple health problems might be properly diagnosed, with appropriate treatments chosen, but the individual might also have cognitive and psychological problems that impede his or her understanding of those treatments, be unable to ambulate and perform activities of daily living, or lack the proper physical environment and adequate social support to live successfully at home. In an IDT [interdisciplinary team], all of these needs can be addressed proactively and simultaneously, with providers working together to accomplish common goals and produce a well-conceived, comprehensive care plan.”

Therapy treatment spaces can be optimized for the different disciplines of care. RehabCare designs its therapy gyms with a multidisciplinary plan of care in mind. RehabCare offers our customers assistance for rehab gym renovation or design and will also provide input into appropriate equipment based on typical patient needs and a market analysis of the area.

To read the full paper, click here.