As providers face increasing transparency in the news and through publicly reported data, improving the patient and family experience is an even more critical strategy for winning volumes. This page, designed with post-acute providers’ specific needs in mind, has been built to help you transform the care experience throughout your organization.
Step One: Set Organization-Specific Experience Goals
Any provider hoping to improve the patient and family experience must first define a clear vision and strategy for doing so and communicate it throughout their organization.
Involve patients and families in the feedback process.
Define specific patient and family experience goals.
- Post-Acute Leaders' Top Experience Commitments: Reference our summary document to learn what patient and family experience commitments other post-acute providers are making.
- Goal-Setting Worksheet: Use this worksheet with your team to create your own experience strategy. If you’d like our team to come on-site to help you define this strategy, please reach out to your dedicated advisor.
Step Two: Meet Minimum Service Standards
Regardless of institution-specific experience goals, there are certain baseline standards every post-acute provider must meet in order to provide a positive care experience to patients and families:
Manage patient and family expectations.
Ensure timely service.
Minimize disruptions to daily patient life.
- Tuck-in Calls: Proactively identify after-hours needs by checking in on high-need home health and hospice patients before the weekend.
- Family-Initiated Rapid Response Team: Use a call line to address and triage family members’ urgent requests when staff aren’t around.
Step Three: Provide an Individual Experience
Lastly, providers must incorporate patient and family member’s unique needs into their care and experience plans.
Help patients and families express their unique care preferences…
…and equip staff to manage a multitude of requests
- Managing Challenging Patient and Family Requests: Provide frontline staff with this handout to help them understand which patient and family requests to prioritize, and which requests may interfere with other organizational priorities.
- Ready-to-use Workshop: Schedule a workshop with your team to assess common patient and family requests and learn how to manage them. Or, reach out to your dedicated advisor for more information about having our team come on-site to facilitate a workshop for you.
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