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Area Agency on Aging

Posted on: April 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Visits Help Seniors Monitor Chronic Health Issues


HONESDALE -- Starting on May 14, the Wayne Area Agency on Aging will begin participating in a tele-health initiative for seniors. The new ROAM (remote older adult monitoring) Program brings a technician to the Honesdale senior center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm to take clients' vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels and weight. 

The collected information will be shared on a HIPPA compliant bluetooth server software program. A nurse will review this data and help seniors self-manage theirchronic health conditions. This is a great way to get help monitoring your health to keep you active and vital in your community. 

The program has been funded through the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and has been up and running in Lacakwanna for two years This program has helped seniors manage their health conditions better, reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

In the first year of the initiative, 37 Lackawanna participants repored making frequent visits to area emergency rooms due to chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions prior to starting the program. After joining, those same 37 men and women reported zero visits to emergency rooms or readmissions to local hospitals.
No advance registration is needed to participate. 

Any questions should be directed to Aging Administrator Mary Ursich at 570-253-4262.

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