Minnesota health care company receives $49,313.00 grant to support Bingocize ® Program in 30 nursing homes
- Monday, November 30th, 2020
Bowling Green, KY [November 2020] – College of Health and Human Services at WKU (CHHS)
In November 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota State Department of Human Services awarded Monarch Healthcare Management (MHM) 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 30 Certified Nursing Facilities (CNF) across the state of Minnesota.
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 director, Brenda Glonek, Therapeutic Recreation Director, to prepare and submit the grant. Crandall remarked, “CASHA is excited to partner with Monarch Healthcare Management, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Minnesota State Department of Human Services to share Bingocize® with older adults in Minnesota. We are confident the nursing home residents will have fun and benefit from the program in the coming months and years”.
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 that are capable of increasing daily social engagement, improving functional health, and decreasing social isolation.
The Bingocize® program consists of two 45-60-minute sessions each week. A session begins with a group of CNF residents sitting at tables with individual bingo cards. Trained CNF staff members serve as program leaders, and 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.
With help from the CASHA and the MHM team, CNF residents will be recruited from each facility to participate in two Bingocize® sessions per week. The project goal is to train at least 120 CNF staff and impact at least 1350 CNF residents over the 3-year grant period.