CASHA partner receives $360,928 grant to support Bingocize ? Program in Mississippi Nursing Homes
- Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Bowling Green, KY [November 2020] – College of Health and Human Services at WKU (CHHS)
In October 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Mississippi Division of Medicaid awarded Mississippi State University (MSU) a 3-year, Civil Money Penalty (CMP) grant to purchase a license to implement Bingocize® – a strategic combination of exercise and the game of bingo – in 24 Certified Nursing Facilities (CNF) across the state of Mississippi.
Bingocize® Creator and Co-Director of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Center for Applied Science in Health & Aging (CASHA), Dr. Jason Crandall, partnered with project directors, Drs. Chih Chia Chen and Zhujun Pan from MSU’s Department of Kinesiology to prepare and submit the grant. Crandall remarked, “CASHA is excited to partner with MSU, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Mississippi Division of Medicaid to share Bingocize® with older adults in Mississippi. We are confident the nursing home residents will have fun and benefit from the program in the coming months and years”.
CNF residents are a particularly vulnerable population. A lack of social engagement and physical activity may contribute to a continued decline in functional mobility, activities of daily living (ADLs), and an increase in fall risk in certified nursing facility (CNF) residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in adults over 65 years of age. Therefore, there is a significant need for easy-to-use and enjoyable CNF activities capable of increasing daily social engagement, improving functional health, and decreasing social isolation.
The MSU Team, with the help of CASHA, will recruit CNF residents to participate in Bingocize® .The program consists of two 45-60 minute sessions each week, during which residents complete a series of gentle physical exercises followed by the program leader calling a bingo letter/number combination. Exercises focus on improving components of functional mobility such as strength, range of motion, and balance. The project measures of success will be evaluated by 1) tracking the number of trained CNF staff and faculty/students, 2) tracking the number of residents in attendance at each of the participating CNF, and 3) assessing CNF residents’ direct improvement in bed mobility, transfer, toilet use, eating and the number of falls.