LAWRENCE -- The Community Care Transitions Program of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley was recognized with the Innovations Award of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
The award, "The Best of Both Worlds: Care Manager In The Home & Nurse in Their Pocket," highlights the integration of Care at Hand mobile technology into the program. The technology extends "the reach and expertise of clinicians into the homes of older adults recently discharged from the hospital," according Elder Services' executive director, Rosanne Distefano.
Elder Services created the partnership with Care at Hand to improve the program's effectiveness and reduce readmissions by adding clinical nurse oversight. Coaches who visit patients now use a special tablet equipped with Care at Hand mobile technology, which provides coaches with questions tailored to the patient's diagnosis, treatment and risk factors.
The Community Care Transitions program is in its second year of funding by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is in partnership with six area hospitals, including Lowell General Hospital, charged with reducing hospital readmission.
For information on the program, contact Lori O'Connor at 978-946-1209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Hospice holds classes for volunteers
METHUEN -- Beacon Hospice, 13 Branch St., Methuen, will hold orientation classes for volunteers form 6 to 8:30 p.