Jennifer Peterson

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Jennifer is a workplace learning educator with Horizon Health Network, and is the Project Research Coordinator for FrESH Care. Prior to joining Horizon, she was a middle and high school teacher in New Brunswick, with a passion for infusing social justice into science and math instruction. She is a lifelong resident of Saint John and spends as much time as possible by the sea. Jennifer‘s hobbies include hiking, cycling, urban food production and exploring New Brunswick with her husband, kids and dogs.

Jennifer est une éducatrice sur l’apprentissage en milieu de travail avec le Réseau de santé Horizon, et est coordonnatrice de projet de recherche FrESH Care. Avant de se joindre à Horizon, elle était enseignante aux niveaux intermédiaire et secondaire au Nouveau-Brunswick, avec une passion pour l’inclusion de principes de justice sociale dans l’enseignement des sciences et des mathématiques. Elle vit depuis toujours à Saint John et passe le plus de temps possible près de la mer. Les passe-temps de Jennifer comprennent la randonnée, le cyclisme, la production agricole urbaine et l’exploration du Nouveau-Brunswick avec son mari, ses enfants et ses chiens.

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Frailty-focused Enhancements to Seniors’ Hospital Care (FrESH Care) project | Projet d’améliorations axées sur la fragilité pour les aînés en soins hospitaliers (FrESH Care)

Frailty is a medical condition that affects one’s ability to function in daily life and is frequently associated with functional decline in older adults. Emerging research suggests that acute care admissions can lead to an increase in frailty and is often the result of a lack of mobility and the effects of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs). By emphasizing these two aspects of the 5M’s of Geriatric Care Framework, the Frailty-focused Enhancements to Seniors’ Hospital Care (FrESH Care) project aims to address the rise of frailty identified in acute care settings through the design and delivery of innovative care pathways. Older adults in acute care require specific knowledge and skills of healthcare providers. This research uses a multifaceted approach to identify potential gaps in clinical practice around key indicators of frailty. Relevant clinical information signifying the presence and level of frailty is collected on-site and specialized education, and training related to the 5M’s of Geriatric Care is designed and implemented to support healthcare providers. Additionally, unique coaching services are dedicated to key leaders such as managers, charge nurses, or resource nurses as they are often responsible for implementing change on patient care units.