In 2014, Dunham Fund awarded the Aurora Home Centered Care Initiative $1,000,000. The Aurora Home Centered Care Initiative is dedicated to improving the lives of the Aurora area’s most vulnerable community members and is doing so through a collaboration between Home Centered Care Institute, VNA Health Care and HomeCare Physicians.
1. Create a comprehensive model for home centered care based in the Aurora Area.
2. Significantly increase capacity to deliver comprehensive, direct services to Aurora area patients in their homes.
3. Partner with one or more technology companies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of home centered care and to create a shared electronic communication platform supporting dialogue and information exchange between team members and the family.
4. Collaborate with local health care workforce in innovative approaches to home centered care.
AHCCI formalized relationships with area hospitals and community service agencies while conducting a 90-day pilot project called the Northeast Illinois Home Centered Care. Leaders and senior clinicians from the Aurora and Greater Kane County area met for a conference to communicate best practices for the patient population. At the conclusion of the pilot in March, the partners expressed appreciation for their new found understanding of partner agency offerings and their desire to continue working together.
In addition to the relationships formed during the pilot period, VNA has reached out to over 50 area agencies that provide services in the Aurora area and continues to engage them by hosting “Community Orientation Events." The combined effort of the VNA outreach team and the community orientation events has a great impact on the expansion of AHCCI and results in strengthened partnerships with community agencies.
After receiving financial support from Dunham Fund in August of 2014, AHCCI quickly demonstrated substantial growth by serving 138 patients with 444 visits by the end of that year. Growth continued in the first full year of the grant with the team serving 585 patients with 3032 visits. Based on current strategic plans for growth and action, AHCCI will serve 800 patients in its second year.
In October of 2015 VNA House Calls conducted its first patient satisfaction survey to assess patients’ experience of receiving care through the Aurora Home Centered Care Initiative.
With the support of the Dunham Fund, AHCCI has developed their own software platform that facilitates communication among a host of health and humans services providers and includes user-specific-portals for patients, caregivers, family members, home-based primary care providers and other practitioners providing care in the home. AHCCI has recently completed the development of this technology and has begun internal testing with beta testing scheduled for second quarter 2016.
AHCCI hopes that this initiative will become a nationally recognized model of excellent home-centered care that will be adopted by other healthcare providers across the country.
Dunham Fund is proud to support the Aurora Home Centered Care Initiative that is improving the lives of the our most vulnerable community members.