268385 Aging in Place in Port Richmond

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Murielle Jeanty, RN, MSN , School of Nursing, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
In response to an increasing statewide demand to support seniors in remaining independent and safe in their home settings, Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS), a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, plans to develop within the next year a program in the Port Richmond neighborhood located in North Philadelphia for the aging population. CHCS is a non-profit provider of skilled nursing services that operates six skilled nursing homes and adult daycare programs while managing independent assisted living facilities on behalf of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In collaboration with United Way and the Jewish Federation, CHCS operates a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to provide easy access to health care, social services, and activities that enhance the ability of seniors to live independently while strengthening their connection to the larger surrounding community. CHCS plans to utilize NORC's framework to extend their services to the neighborhood of Port Richmond to assist its aging population to remain in their homes by providing integrated health care and social services. The outcome will reduce fragmentation in health care services through case management and service coordination, while creating an age-friendly environment that might help enhance the cognitive and emotional well-being of seniors.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1-Identify the challenges of the aging population in Port Richmond 2-Describe the program that Catholic HealthCare Services will implement to assist the aging population to overcome community barriers.

Keywords: Community Outreach, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a student at La Salle University in the masters of Public Health Program. My main focus during the program is to understand the older adults challenges and to develop strategies that can help them overcome barriers in their communities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.