Good Shepherd Launches Pilot Program to Help Seniors Age in Place2/9/2009
Participants Are Sought for New Independence Solutions Initiative
February 9, 2009
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is looking for aging seniors or people with disabilities to participate in a pilot program for its recently launched Independence Solutions program, which helps individuals live safely and independently in their own homes as long as possible. The program is an outpatient service available to anyone who is looking to age in place, thus avoiding the need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Following a thorough intake assessment, participants in the Independence Solutions program will receive a comprehensive plan, tailored to their needs. A variety of services may be available to participants based on medical necessity, including an examination by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, a balance evaluation and a complete home assessment done by a certified occupational therapist, who will recommend modifications, equipment and technology to improve access and safety. Recommended modifications may include wheelchair ramps to increase home accessibility, lowered counters for better function in the kitchen, devices to help individuals climb stairs or technology to control appliances and doors with voice commands.
Program participants will be paired with a care manager, who will meet with them, usher them through the program and connect them with vital community services. Assistance will also be provided to arrange for set-up of a personal emergency response system, which includes a device where participants can alert a central station at the push of a button if they need medical assistance. More advanced technology involving motion sensors is also available.
For the family members of participants, the program will offer peace of mind. While aging parents are living alone at home, children will be free to work and travel, confident that their parents are being closely monitored by innovative technology for their safety. Family members will be alerted promptly if an aging loved one falls, is not responsive or is otherwise injured or incapacitated.
Many of the Independence Solutions services may be covered by insurance. Co-pays apply and vary depending on insurance coverage. Participants in the Pilot Program and/or their insurance provider will be required to pay for the services they receive. To learn more about Independence Solutions, to find out if you qualify for the pilot program or to discuss the out-of-pocket expenses you may incur, please call Good Shepherd’s Care Management Department at 610-776-3256.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 40,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 15 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.