Administration for Community Living 2020 Fall Prevention Grantees

It’s official!  Two organizations that we have partnered with in the past are awarded the Administration for Community Living 2020 Fall Prevention Grant!

AltaPointe Health is Alabama’s largest health and human services organization that improves the health and wellness of people living with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.  Altapointe provides services to more than 30,000 adults and children each year in Baldwin, Clay, Coosa, Mobile, Randolph, Talladega and Washington counties.

AltaPointe Health’s four main divisions of service include inpatient, outpatient, residential and specialized services.  There are 36 Adult Residential Group Homes, and the number of falls in this particular setting has been challenging.  In February 2019, we traveled to Mobile, AL to provide a kick-off training for the SAIL Program.  Twenty-three people attended the onsite training in February to earn their SAIL Program Leader certificate.  An additional meeting was held the next day with key stakeholders to identify and plan for the opportunities and challenges that naturally occur when implementing a new program.  We then continued to work with Gwen Mose, a Recreational Therapist and a key stakeholder at AltaPointe Health.  Gwen developed a portfolio that demonstrated her adherence to the evidence-based tenets of the SAIL Program, and in September 2019 she successfully completed all requirements to become a Certified Trainer for SAIL Program Leaders. 

The SAIL Program commenced in six of the residential group homes in April 2019, and served approximately 130 participants.  Gwen conducted three SAIL Program Leader trainings, and the SAIL Program expanded to serve the local community.  The COVID 19 pandemic resulted in the SAIL Program being suspended in some residential group homes; three of the group homes were able to continue due to the SAIL Program Leaders being regular staff members in the homes.  The community center program was suspended when the center was closed in April.

The graph highlighted above shows the number of falls in the Adult Residential Group Homes prior to, and after the initiation of the SAIL Program.  This data indicates that AltaPointe Health has been successful in meeting their goal of reducing falls to three or less per 1,000 bed days.  The increase in falls in May 2020 may be related to disruptions due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

AltaPointe Health plans to expand their reach of the SAIL Program to 18 locations over the duration of the three-year grant period, as well as adding an additional evidence-based program.  The two evidence-based programs are projected to positively impact the lives of 650 individuals.  SAIL Seminars will work with AltaPointe Health to develop a second Certified Trainer for SAIL Program Leaders to support their expansion efforts, and to continue to promote adherence to the evidence-based criteria of the program.

Learn more about AltaPointe Health by visiting their website at www.altapointe.org

For more information about the SAIL Program at AltaPointe Health, please contact Patricia McNair at pmcnair@altapointe.org

CJE SeniorLife is a leading provider of programs and services for older adults, including their families and support network.  They collaborate with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, health care providers and the larger medical community, older adult organizations, government agencies, funders and community organizations to enhance the quality of life and facilitate independence of older adults in the greater Chicago area.

We were first introduced to CJE SeniorLife when Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS entered the online version of the SAIL Program Leader training.  Margaret is the Senior Director at the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute that is part of CJE SeniorLife.  She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine.  She is a board-certified geriatric physical therapist, and earned her PhD from the University of Illinois – Chicago in Public Health Services. 

Margaret completed the online SAIL Program Leader training, and is now working on a portfolio that will demonstrate that she is able to adhere to the fidelity of the SAIL Program.  Once Margaret’s portfolio is completed, she will become the first Certified Trainer for SAIL Program Leaders in the greater Chicago area. 

The CJE SeniorLife proposal aims to train 100 individuals across the State of Illinois to be SAIL Program Leaders.  The team proposes to recruit these program leaders from a variety of project partner sites including other senior living fitness professionals, lay leaders from faith-based organizations, and community health workers from Chicagoland area hospital systems.  These new program leaders will then establish SAIL Programs in their own local communities with a goal to enroll 1,350 older adult SAIL participants.

Learn more about CJE SeniorLife by visiting their website at www.cje.net

For more information about the SAIL Program in Illinois, please contact Margaret Danilovich at margaret-wente@northwestern.edu