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…
We are pleased to be a partner of the Cape Cod Commission for this year’s Spring Walking Weekend, April 19th to 21st. Explore Cape Cod’s natural surroundings through free walks and hikes for all ages and fitness levels. For walk schedules, descriptions, and information please visit: www.capecodcommission.org and click on Walking Weekend 2013 under Quick Links.
Navigating the Long Term Services and Supports System for Older Adults & People with Disabilities Forum scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis, MA from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This forum is the second in a series of aging and disability forums hosted by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services. The forum will highlight the local long term services and supports systems. This event is for anyone interest in learning more about the long term service systems on Cape Cod. 3 CEU’s available for RNs, SWs and LMHCs. Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The event is free of charge but space is limited so registration is required.