WKU Based Bingocize Program Awarded Federal Grant to Expand In Tennessee Nursing Homes

Jul 8, 2020

Residents at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky take part in a Bingocize session.
Credit Rhonda J. Miller

The Bingocize program based at Western Kentucky University has been awarded a federal grant of $504,000 to expand into 60 additional Certified Nursing Facilities in Tennessee.

The program that's a combination of exercise and bingo, and focuses on balance, fall prevention, range of motion, and mobility for older adults, is already in 40 nursing homes in the Volunteer State.

Bingocize was created by WKU Associate Professor of Exercise Science Jason Crandall and is based at the Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging, or CASHA, in Bowling Green.

The new grant brings the total federal funding to more than $1 million to expand the project, with a goal of having it in 100 nursing homes in Tennessee.

The award will fund four additional graduate assistants and adds to the grant project WKU Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences Mathew Shake to manage data collection and evaluation.

The grant is from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Tennessee Department of Public Health. 

The CASHA team with recruit residents at each Certified Nurshig Faclity to participate in two Bingocize sessions per week The project will assess the number of trained nursing home staff, the number of nursing home residents attending the sessions, and the residents' mobility, transfer, toilet use, eating and number of falls.