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Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team
Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) is a project funded by the University System of Maryland (USM) Redeployment Grant System and is located in rural Maryland at AHEC West in Cumberland and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center in Cambridge.
A series of one- or two-day rotations introduces students from USM degree programs to comprehensive geriatric assessment and the fundamentals of interprofessional collaboration through both didactic and clinical sessions.
Coordinated by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
|October 25, 2016
|Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital
|Cognitive Challenges in Rehab of CVA Patients|
|November 16-17, 2016
|Compass Regional Hospice
Queen Anne's County
|March 22, 2017
|Heron Point of Chestertown
|Maintaining Independence: Healthy Older Adults Meeting the Challenges of Aging|
|April 4, 2017
|Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center and Shore Rehab
|Role of Exercise in Managing Your Chronic Condition|
|April 27-28, 2017
|Atlantic General Hospital
|An Interdisciplinary Approach to Addressing the Opiod Crisis|
Cost: No charge for University System of Maryland health care students, Johns Hopkins University health care students, and nursing students from community colleges on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Funding is provided by the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program at University of Maryland Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.
Register Early (number of participants from any one discipline per project are limited).
Additional dates and sites, Spring 2017. Details in late October
October 20, 2016
Homewood at Williamsport
Maintaining Independence: Healthy Older Adults Meeting the Challenges of Aging
Morning refreshments and onsite Lunch is included
|November 14, 2016
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Diakon Adult Day Services
Supporting Staying at Home: Adult Medical Day Services
Morning refreshments and onsite Lunch is included
Homewood at Williamsport is a not-for-profit Retirement Community serving the needs of older adults since 1932. This is a great opportunity to meet with older adults who are typical of many community dwelling older adults; they are facing challenges of aging, but are working hard to stay independent. The 28-acre community includes independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living, respite and nursing home care, home health care, and hospice services in cooperation with Hospice of Washington County, Inc. Based in Washington County, MD just outside Hagerstown, Homewood Retirement Centers provide services in several surrounding states. Visit the Homewood website (78 miles from Baltimore).
Diakon Adult Medical Day Services at Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown, MD provides daytime services, allowing older persons or those with disabilities to remain as independent as possible in the community. Day services offer an alternative to assisted living or nursing home care, and respite for home caregivers. Participants receive assistance with daily activities, medication monitoring and administration, and. therapy and counseling services. Program offers interaction with others, activities, transportation, meals and recreational trips. In addition to nursing and activities staff at the site, the community-based social worker that works with the Day Services clients will discuss issues of access and financing of care, and the challenges and successes of adult day services. Family members of program participants may be available to talk with students. Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries has provided housing and care to older adults since the 1940’s. The campus includes independent living, assisted living, and nursing and rehabilitative care. Visit the Diakon website (70 miles from Baltimore).
Maryland Area Health Education Center West is a community-based center affiliated with the Maryland Statewide Medical Education and Training System and the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) Program, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The AHEC West mission is to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational partnerships with centers for higher education, community health professionals, and partners in Western Maryland and surrounding communities. Visit the AHEC West website.
Cost: There is no charge for students to participate in GAIT projects. Housing, meals, project materials, and travel costs are provided.
- Enhance your Interdisciplinary Health Care Team Skills training
- Learn about Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment at a rural geriatric care site
- Participate in Interdisciplinary Team Assessment of program participants at care sites
- Discuss your Team Interdisciplinary Assessment with the care site staff
GAIT project agenda components
- Introduction to interprofessional health care teams
- Team communication activities; aging simulation activities
- Interprofessional model to use for student team assessment of assigned older adult
- Presentation related to focus topic at host site
- Presentation/discussion by host site staff on their services and the clients they serve
- Brief tour
- Review client’s record (each team will be assessing different person)
- Observe client in activities/therapy etc.
- Team interview of assigned client
- Discussion of interview; follow up planning; consult with host site staff
- Complete interdisciplinary team presentation plan
- Team presentations and discussion with host site staff
Campuses and degree programs that have participated in GAIT programs
GAIT projects are funded by a University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at UMB to provide a geriatric team training opportunity for students from:
- Bowie State University - Nursing, Social Work
- Coppin State University - Social Work
- Frostburg State University - Nursing, Psychology, Recreation Therapy, Social Work, and pre-Health Professions
- Morgan State University – Nursing, Social Work
- Salisbury University - Nursing, Social Work, and Psychology
- Towson University - Gerontology, Health Care Management, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology
- University of Maryland, Baltimore - Dental, Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Pharmacy, Law, Physical Therapy
- University of Maryland, Eastern Shore - Human Ecology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant
A variety of sites are used throughout Baltimore, Maryland's eastern shore, southern Maryland, and western Maryland. Each site is chosen because it emphasizes the benefits of interprofessional collaboration in caring for frail older individuals. For more information, download the GAIT presentation.