Photograph of several older men sitting on park benches. One is wearing a hat. Another is wearing a skullcap. Photo source: Administration on Aging, DHHS Competency Demonstration

Organizational Systems Competency

Work effectively within and across organizational systems to promote quality care for older persons.

A competency demonstration provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have developed one or more of the Competencies for Working with Older Adults. Presentation: Competencies for Working with Older Adults

Demonstrate your Organizational Systems Competency by completing one of the following projects. We have provided you with a choice of projects. Choose one project. We do not expect you to do them all! 

If you are using these Older Adult Focus materials for self-study, completing a competency demonstration gives you an end product that you can share with others for professional purposes, such as in a portfolio for employment application or as a demonstration of meeting a professional goal for an annual review. Once you have completed the competency demonstration, wait for at least 3 days and then use the criteria to evaluate your own work. Alternatively, you could ask another person to use the evaluation criteria and discuss your work with you.

If you are using these Older Adult Focus materials as part of an organized course or workshop, consult your course leader regarding how to turn in your completed competency demonstration.

 Picture of pencil and checklist Report on an Interdisciplinary Care Conference

Attend a care conference in which an interdisciplinary team discusses the plan of care for an older adult who will transition to another health care setting. Focus on the areas listed below.

Write a paper about the meeting. Be sure to maintain confidentiality by omitting identifying information about persons and facilities. 

Focus on these areas in your paper:

Write no more than seven double-spaced pages. Attach the discharge problem list at the end of your paper. The discharge problem list does not count in the page limit.

Remember:

For a grade of pass, your demonstration will meet these criteria:

 Picture of pencil and checklist Follow a Discharge Planner

Accompany a hospital or long-term care facility discharge planner during a work day, or portions of two work days. Choose one of the cases that you observed and focus on the areas listed below.

Write a paper about the case that you have chosen. Be sure to maintain confidentiality by omitting identifying information about persons and facilities. 

Focus on these areas in your paper:

Write a maximum of five double-spaced pages. You may attach the discharge problem list at the end of your paper. The discharge problem list does not count in the page limit.

Remember:

For a grade of pass, your demonstration will meet these criteria:

 Picture of pencil and checklist Interview Older Adults about Transitions

Visit a senior center, local church, or other community setting and talk with a group of older adults about transitions from one care setting to another (e.g., transfer from one hospital unit to another, discharge from hospital, short-term stay in a long term care facility, relocation to a different living situation). Focus the conversation on the areas listed below.

Write a paper that summarizes their experiences, focusing on these areas:

Write a maximum of five double-spaced pages. Maintain confidentiality by using initials and omitting names of facilities.

Remember:

For a grade of pass, your demonstration will meet these criteria:

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