Dominion Place’s resident population of older adults and persons with disabilities experiences a high chronic disease burden. Health care was often fragmented, and residents had high utilization of emergency room and ambulance services. In 2012, Dominion Place began a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), developing the Richmond Health and Wellness program (RHWP).
The RHWP operates once a week onsite at Dominion Place. Licensed clinical faculty and students from the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and Social Work provide health education, chronic disease monitoring and care coordination services. Home visits are available upon request for residents returning from hospital stays or ER visits, or those experiencing a more urgent health concern. Under the direction of the pharmacy faculty member, onsite delivery, special packaging and medication counseling is available at little to no cost to residents.
As a result of the program, staff has seen a decline in ambulance usage and dependency on ER for minor health needs. Also being tracked are clinical outcomes related to diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and falls, as well as quality of life and resident satisfaction. An extension of the RHWP program to include mental health and smoking cessation is planned, and replication at two other sites in the Richmond area is scheduled.
The Wellness Clinic (RHWP) program was the recipient of the 3rd place Innovation in Service Coordination Award in 2014.
For more information on the program, contact AASC.