The GERI Toolbox is a solution that can help municipal home care nurses – in collaboration with general practitioners – to offer proactive and comprehensive care to elderly citizens. The aim is to catch deterioration in health before an acute admission to hospital becomes necessary.
The GERI Toolbox is a physical kit containing mobile test equipment for health examinations. The GERI Toolbox is used by nurses from the local home care services who have been trained specifically in using the equipment.
During a home visit to a patient, the nurse brings a GERI Toolbox and performs clinical readings based on the symptoms of the patient. The data recorded during the visit are directly transferred to a joint IT platform that can be accessed by both the home care nurses, the general practitioner and in time also by the hospital geriatricians. The goal of sharing the information is to reduce risk of misunderstandings and provide a better basis for decision-making for further treatment.
The goal of the GERI Toolbox and its digital technology is to simplify communication between the municipal home care and the general practitioner and contribute to better collaboration across the sectors for the benefit of elderly citizens and patients.
If the GERI Toolbox and an early home care intervention can help bring down the number of acute hospital admissions, it will be a great advantage for the patient and their relatives. It is also an advantage for the municipality that can spare the expense of the admission and for the hospital where the number of beds are being reduced.
Overall, the hope for the GERI Toolbox is that it will increase both the quality of care, quality of life and have a positive economic impact for both hospital and municipalities.
The preliminary results show that the stakeholders (home care nurses, citizens and general practitioners) are content, and the municipalities want to continue using the GERI Toolbox.
The median age for citizens were 83 years; men constituted 43%. The final report with results is produced in collaboration with VIVE and is ready in august 2020.
The Danish Health Authority’s assessment of the GERI Toolbox has been published and concludes that the GERI Toolbox is implemented to a certain extent and holds the potential to benefit the relation between hospital and municipalities and partly the general practitioners.
The assessment was carried through on the basis of a shared assessment design for the eleven different projects in the public pool of funds for weak elderly citizens. Therefore, the project will be assessed with a tailored design based on the model MAST. The extra assessment is financed with regional funding which also finances the launch of the GERI Toolbox in the remaining municipalities on the island of Funen and an online forum for knowledge sharing. This extension of the projct continues through 2022.
The GERI Toolbox is a mini-laboratory. The toolbox contains equipment and devices for point-of-care testing with rapid response feedback such as blood pressure apparatus (sphygmomanometer), a bladder scanner, a scale and equipment for blood sample analysis.
“GERI” is an abbreviation of geriatrics – the science of diseases occurring in old age.