Navigating Care Transitions for Older Adults in the Emergency Department When a Social Worker is Unavailable

Volume 3 | Issue 2 | Article 4 - Topic Supplement

Rebecca Weeks, MN, RN, Kathleen Sawasky, MD, Adam Perry, MD, Michael Malone, MD
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Some Emergency Departments do not have social worker staffing to assess high- risk older adults who have been identified. This is of particular concern in during care transitions for older patients who are at risk for poor health outcomes. We describe triggers for the emergency provider to recognize older patients at high risk and bundles of appropriate services and community supports to mitigate risk.

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