The Barnstable County Department of Human Service’s has released a new publication In Focus: The Demographic and Socioeconomic Landscape of Barnstable County. The primary purpose in creating this report is to provide the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of Barnstable County that are of particular relevance to the health and human services community. This report includes data presented to a variety of audiences earlier in the year, but is considerably more comprehensive.
This newest report expands on the Department’s Human Condition series of reports 2004 – 2009 and represents a broad range of indicators, tracks changes over time, and compares Barnstable County with Massachusetts as a whole. This report adds to the Department’s collection of data and analysis reports which can be found in the Department Reports and Publications.
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The Department of Human Services is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $90,000.00 grant to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod for an 18 month Navigator Pilot Project. The purpose of the project is to improve access to information and the coordination and delivery of home based long term services and supports. The project will assist residents of Cape Cod aged 18 and over who have chronic health conditions and disabilities, regardless of income.
The Navigator Pilot Project will assist individuals and their families navigate the long term services and supports system to access needed services. The Navigator is intended to enhance access to existing services and will be offered to individuals who require intensive short term advocacy and assistance to ‘navigate’ multiple service systems so they have the services and supports to remain as independent and healthy as possible. The Navigator Pilot does not duplicate existing programs and services.
The VNA has a long history of providing community based services and were chosen through a competitive RFP process. Over the next several months, the VNA will begin to conduct outreach to organizations and groups on how to access the Navigator Project. Funding for the grant is made possible by Barnstable County, CHNA 27, and Cape Cod Health Care.
By Cynthia McCormick
Cape Cod Times
May 11, 2013
A few decades ago, people living into their 80′s were “few and far between”, Paul Wild of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands said during a Friday forum on aging and disability. Today there are more than 6 million Americans who are 85 and older – and that number could reach 25 million by 2050 when the youngest baby boomers turn 86, according to the National Institute on Aging. “We really haven’t planned very well for it”, Wild told the audience of about 200 health and human service providers at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa.
Wild and other presenters spent the next few hours trying to connect the dots among the various programs on the Cape providing services for the elderly and disabled. The forum on long-term care services was the second in a series organized by the Aging and Disability Forum Planning Group, which includes Elder Services and the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, among other groups. Read entire article…