July 20, 2015
The model of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) created in the late-1970s was the very program that would have extended my grandmother’s life from premature placement in a nursing home for no other alternative when she needed additional support to maintain her independence.
ADHC has extended hundreds and thousands of lives over the past 40 years and is about to build out a new way to help people manage better at home called the Community Based Health Home (CBHH). I am pleased to announce that we have received $150,000 from The San Francisco Foundation to be among a small group of ADHCs to test out this new program as an adjunct to ADHC that will address clients with complex conditions who are at risk for higher levels of care. The primary goal is to create a strong effective Health Home by using ADHC as the core hub for coordinating care for the MediCal population. The model extends the specialized services available at SteppingStone's ADHC centers into the client's home, community and constellation of care by using a Nurse Navigator.
SteppingStone believes that the CBHH model, once fully developed and tested, will improve outcomes for vulnerable high-risk individuals and will significantly reduce overuse of emergency rooms and further avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, key problems that the healthcare system is working to address.
We are very grateful to the San Francisco Foundation for its investment in bringing this bold new idea to SteppingStone to demonstrate leadership in bringing further value to Adult Day Health Care.