J Appl Gerontol. 2023 Jan 20:7334648221142599. doi: 10.1177/07334648221142599. Online ahead of print.
The purpose of this study was to conduct an evaluation of a home modification and repair pilot program implemented within Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors. This program enrolled patients via referral from the home-based clinical team between August 15, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Patient functional status and home modification and repair needs were assessed by a social worker and subsequent interventions were tracked. This study includes two separate, concurrent analyses: (1) descriptive analyses based on data on program enrollees, repairs, and costs and (2) provider perspectives on the program. The program enrolled 33 patients. The average spending per patient was $528. The clinical team found this program feasible to implement and helped reduce burnout. Future program implementation and expansion will require more investment in staffing to ensure timely needs assessment and service delivery, and the addition of an occupational therapist to better assess and meet patient functional needs.
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