‘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.”
Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 6-10, 2017
- Preferences and Predictors of Aging in Place: Longitudinal Evidence from Melbourne, Australia. Hal Kendig, Cathy Honge Gong, Lisa Cannon & Colette Browning. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 259-271. Published online: March 2, 2017. Home ownership, socioeconomic resources, neighborhood satisfaction, and home modifications were positively associated with aging in place.
- Serving Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone. Elizabeth Gould, Molly Knowles, Michael Lepore, and Katie Maslow. Generations, Fall 2017 supplement, Pages 83 – 90.
Aging Research & Issues: October 23-27, 2017
- Caregiver Stressors and Depressive Symptoms among Older Husbands and Wives in the United States. Min Hee Kim, Ruth E. Dunkle, Amanda J. Lehning, Huei-Wern Shen, Sheila Feld & Angela K. Perone. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 6, Pages 494-504. Published online: September 27, 2016. To illuminate strategies for reducing the higher distress experienced by wife caregivers engaged in personal care assistance, further studies are needed incorporating couples’ relational dynamics and gendered experiences in personal care.
- Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied. James E. Galvin MD, MPH. Special Article – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 65, Issue 10, October 2017, Pages 2128–2133. First published: August 2, 2017. Dementia may be a disorder that develops over a lifetime, with individualized ways to build a better brain as we age.
Aging Research & Issues: October 16-20, 2017
- Projections of white and black older adults without living kin in the United States, 2015 to 2060. Ashton M. Verderya, and Rachel Margolis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America(PNAS). Published online October 2, 2017.
- The Promotion of Well-Being in Aging Individuals Living in Nursing Homes: A
Controlled Pilot Intervention with Narrative Strategies. Giulia Cesetti, PsyD,
Francesca Vescovelli, PsyD & Chiara Ruini, PhD. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 40, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 380-391. Published online: February 8, 2017.
Free access. Nursing home patients assigned to the narrative intervention reported significantly increased well-being and sleep quality.
PCA’s Domiciliary Care (Dom Care) program seeks providers
Could you share your home with someone who needs help living independently? Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) seeks providers for its Domiciliary Care (Dom Care) program. The program serves individuals 18-plus who have a disability. Dom Care providers offer the following services to participants: room and board, housekeeping, laundry, assistance with personal hygiene and budgeting, supervision of medication administration, and assistance with medical appointments. In exchange for their services, care providers receive companionship, a monthly stipend of up to $979 for each individual served, and ongoing training and support from the PCA staff.
Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017
- Housing Governance and Senses of Home in Older Age: The Provider Scale. Emma R. Power. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 193-212. Published online: September 15, 2017
- The relations between sleep, time of physical activity, and time outdoors among adult women. Kate Murray, Suneeta Godbole, Loki Natarajan, Kelsie Full, J. Aaron Hipp, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Mitchell, Francine Laden, Peter James, Mirja Quante, Jacqueline Kerr (2017). PLOS ONE 12(9). Published September 6, 2017.
Aging News & Research: September 5-8, 2017
- Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? Jeehoon Kim, Hee Yun Lee, M Candace Christensen, Joseph R Merighi. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 836–845. Published online: October 9, 2016.
- To stay or to go? Postretirement housing choices of single Baby Boomer women. Foula Z. Kopanidis, Linda J. Robinson & Mike Reid. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 417-427. Published online: September 14, 2016.
Aging Research & Issues: August 28 – September 1, 2017
- The Association Between Anxiety and Falls: A Meta-Analysis. David John Hallford, Geoff Nicholson, Kerrie Sanders, Marita P McCabe. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 729–741. Published online January 20, 2016.
- Home Modifications among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Closer Look at Race and Ethnicity. Louanne Bakk, Tamara Cadet , Laura Lien & Angela Smalley. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 377-394 . Published online: June 28, 2017.