MONTICELLO, NY— The public can benefit from a one-on-one, interactive experience using a new research-informed workbook, “Guiding Senior Transitions,” designed to provide the tools needed for greater healthcare self-efficacy. On Monday October 19, 2015 from noon to 3:00 pm, older adults are invited to attend a free workshop on this new resource book developed and initiated by Dr. Karin Pantel, EdD, RN, CNE of Older Adult Transitional Support (OATS).
Sullivan County students from the BOCES Health Academy and Touro College of Medicine in Middletown are encouraged to attend the event.
The purpose of the workshop is to enhance self-empowerment during healthcare transitions, promote positive healthcare outcomes, and decrease often unnecessary re-hospitalizations. The workshop will take place at Action for Independence on 309 East Broadway in Monticello. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility.
Dr. Pantel and Bonnie Lewis, RN, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) dependent care educator and Caregiver Resource Center coordinator, will help participants complete the transportable workbook, which is to be utilized during urgent and routine primary care visits and during hospitalization for better care and a more prudent discharge. The three hour session will include information that can make future transitions between medical facilities and home a more beneficial process by giving the medical consumer enhanced self-advocacy and communication skills.
Space is limited and pre-registration for this free program is requested. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OATS is a collaboration of community stakeholders, county healthcare facilities, and county supported older adult resource agencies with about 25 active members. The mission of OATS is to promote, strengthen, and enhance healthcare self-efficacy, potentiating the ability of our older population to remain in the community housing of their choice; preparing seniors, professional caregivers and family caregivers with the tools to maintain and sustain this goal.
The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.