Dr. Alicia Arbaje and co-authors published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Written by on April 12, 2024

Dr. Alicia Arbaje, with colleagues in Infectious Diseases, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and VNS Health in NYC,  published a paper entitled, “Characterizing changes to older adults’ care transitions patterns from hospital to home care in the initial year of COVID-19,” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The study aimed to investigate the impact of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) skilled home healthcare agency volume; (2) characteristics of older adults receiving home healthcare services after hospital or skilled nursing facility discharge; and (3) care transitions patterns and outcomes at two large home healthcare agencies in Baltimore and New York City. They found the pandemic had a profound impact on home healthcare services at the beginning of the pandemic, at a time when home healthcare was one of the few services offering in-person care. Study findings provide new knowledge concerning home healthcare agency responsiveness to COVID-19, changes to the older adult population receiving home healthcare services, and adaptations needed in real-time to deliver care in home environments.

Co-authors include Yea-Jen Hsu PhD, Zehui Zhou, Ayse P. Gurses , Sara Keller, Jill Marsteller, Kathryn H. Bowles, Margaret V. McDonald, Sasha Vergez, Katie Harbison, Dawn Hohl, and Kimberly Carl.

Full text access to the article:https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/share/G7I8VHSVQ6AWGJM5SMWX?target=10.1111/jgs.18839