PCA service coordination helps keep frail seniors at home
The majority of older adults want to age at home, in the community. PCA’s nearly 200 service coordinators are vital to helping them do so when they become frail. Each year, the agency provides service coordination for more than 17,000 older Philadelphians.
Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018
- Primary Care Providers’ Perspectives on Screening Older Adult Patients for Food Insecurity. Jennifer A. Pooler MPP , Vanessa A. Hoffman , MPH & Fata J. Karva , MPP. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 2018, Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 1-23. Published online: August 25, 2017.
- How people come to recognise a problem and seek medical help for a person showing early signs of dementia: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. Lucy Perry-Young, Gareth Owen, Susan Kelly , Christabel Owens. Dementia, 2018, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 34–60.
Aging Research & Issues: December 18-22, 2017
- Professional quality of life of adult protective service workers. Angela Ghesquiere , PhD, Stacey B. Plichta , ScD, CPH, Caitlin McAfee , LMSW & Geoff Rogers , BA. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 1-19. Published online: November 21, 2017. A sizable minority of adult protective service workers (22.7%) were at high risk for burnout, 24.6% were at risk for secondary traumatic stress, and 19.9% reported low compassion satisfaction.
- Armed and Aging: Dementia and Firearms Do Not Mix ! Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi & Mario Di Fiorino. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 647-660. Published online: October 27, 2017.
Tips to help avoid cold stress
The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can help protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
Caregiving from a distance
In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.
‘Dom Care’: Providing supportive homes
Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. It was established in 1977 to provide a home-like community living arrangement for adults 18 and older who are unable to live independently and need help with activities of daily living. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) administers the program in Philadelphia. Dom Care “providers” open their homes to individuals who need supervision, support and encouragement in a family setting. Providers cannot be related to their residents.
‘Dom Care’ provider opens home, heart
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Sylvia Robinson-Hite has opened her home to two men who can’t live independently and need help with the tasks of daily living. She is a “provider” with the Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” Program run by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). She has found the experience profoundly satisfying. “I’ve been very blessed with David and Jeffrey*,” she said. “That’s the way I look at it.”