February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton
Have you ever wondered how to select a home care company, whether you are eligible for heating assistance or where to get a portable wheelchair? Have you ever wished you had someone to coordinate and guide you through the maze of services and appointments you need when you are discharged from rehab? Wondering how to manage a partner’s recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease?
PSRC is very excited to announce that we are starting our own Partners In Caring Princeton (PIC Princetontm) program. This program centers on a partnership between our care coordinators, you and your family (near or far, should you choose to include them). Together we can work together to help you live safely and independently at home as long as possible and to help you navigate life’s transitions.
PIC Princetontm care coordinators are master’s degree professionals, certified and experienced in gerontology. We are aware of hundreds of area resources, so we can help you connect with exactly what you need for your unique situation.
We start with a thorough assessment of what is working for you and what needs attention, identify and evaluate various options, then work with you to create an action plan that helps meet your goals.
We will continue to meet with you (and your family) in your home or our office over time so that we can adjust that plan as your circumstances change. We will coordinate communication with the various services you receive, advocate for you and help you apply for programs for which you qualify.
In addition to consultations and care coordination, PIC Princetontm can provide family caregiver support, education, volunteer visitors, wellness groups and linkage to the many other programs offered at PSRC. PIC Princetontm also utilizes the dozens of partnerships we have developed with other providers of essential services such as meal delivery, transportation, home care, nursing, home modifications, paperwork assistance, and many others when you need them.
We know that many of you pick Princeton and want to stay here because it is a great community with many cultural opportunities, open space, healthcare, proximity to New York, Princeton University and more. It is diverse, walkable and has public transportation. PSRC plays a critical role in also making Princeton a caring community with unrivaled support and resources for dynamic aging. We believe that PIC Princetontm will help make these resources accessible to everyone throughout the community.
PIC Princetontm is a new stage in our evolution as we parted ways with the United Aging & Disability Partnership when we found that our vision and way of working were incompatible with the direction that the United Way has taken. We are very excited about the tremendous new opportunities that are now available to serve more of the community and to work with a wider range of partners . People currently enrolled in UADP have seamlessly transferred to PIC Princetontm. New people can start now, and we will continue to develop the program throughout this year. We enthusiastically invite your participation and feedback.
Membership in PIC Princetontm is free and open to everyone in Princeton age 55+. Initial assessment fees are based on a sliding scale and there are fees from the partner providers for transportation, meals, homecare, and other services as there have been until now. Follow-up care coordination visits are free, as well as education, advocacy, benefit assistance, support groups or volunteers.
You may wonder how this program compares to geriatric care management (GCM). PIC Princetontm takes a different approach. GCM services include an annual membership and hourly rates for services. GCM are available 24/7, will accompany you to doctor’s appointments and generally use a preferred provider list. Often they are hired by, and work primarily with, the family and contractually agree to do services for you. PIC Princetontm care coordinators will work with you, your family and other support team with a focus on you-- the older adult-- as the key player, empowering you to remain independent and make informed decisions. We will help you select and coordinate services and support you and your family, so that you can remain independent as long as possible. If you need a higher level of care and attention, we will help you find the right match for you.
For more information, attend an information session on February 13 at 10:15 at SPB or call Susan Hoskins at 924-7108.
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