Recently, we asked a group of readers selected at random;
What community resources are there in your area to help those families who would care for their aged in the home?
Vanessa P. Smith, RN, MS, of Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland said:
In the Baltimore area we have:
* Home Healthcare services (home nursing care, health aides and companions)
* Transportation services
* Multipurpose senior centers (they range from social activities to health care)
* Adult daycare
* Nutrition programs
* Geriatric medical, dental, psychiatric and evaluation clinics
* Legal and referral services
* Hospice programs
However, these services are often neither well coordinated nor well publicized.
Judith Venglarik, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing at the Margaret Wagner House of the Benjamin Rose Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, said:
The Community Services Division of the Benjamin Rose Institute offers services to over 1,000 frail elderly and their families living in the Cleveland area. A wide array of rehabilitative and supportive services are provided by seven multidisciplinar/ staff teams consisting of coordinators, nurses, social workers, outreach workers and home health aides.
Dolores M. Afford, MSN, RN, FAAN, of Nursing Associates in Dallas, Texas, said:
In Dallas County we have:
1 Primary Nursing Service with home visiting included.
50 Home health/temporary nursing agencies.
2 Companion services.
7 Organ and disease organizations that provide information, limited transportation to doctor, and materials from loan closet.
25 Illness care rental equipment companies.
3 Hospice Care agencies.
2 Respite care services (some churches have a volunteer service).
2 Day Care Centers for Older Adults.
1 Geriatric Clinic & Dental Service through the City Health Dept.
1 Red Cross Center providing home nursing courses and transportation to the doctor.
1 Care Car System for transportation to the doctor.
6+ Geriatric Psychologist and Gerontologists.
2+ Telecommunication Services by the Red Cross and Private Answering Services to telephone check on older persons.
Dallas has excellent resources, but the cost of them prohibits their use by many older persons.