Volunteers of America National Services said June 4 it is partnering with Parker Health Group and AARP Foundation to expand Volunteers of America’s health-related services for the residents living at Harborview Apartments in Jersey City.
The partners plan to implement Volunteers of America’s Aging with Options model, which adds a full-time community health worker (CHW) position to serve as a health advocate for disadvantaged populations, and who is trained and educated in public health and the health care field. Additionally, a part-time wellness nurse will be on hand to enhance the existing service coordination program for the 100-plus Harborview senior residents.
Enrolled residents will receive free internet, voice-activated smart speakers and tablets to self-manage their health-related activities, such as reminders for doctor’s appointments. Probably even more importantly, the program will ensure that no one is isolated from friends and family.
The wellness nurse will provide health education and coaching to residents, offer basic health and vital signs monitoring, help residents work effectively with their health care providers, host group activities, and assist with returns from hospitals or nursing homes.
“VOANS is excited to work with such esteemed partners to enhance the lives of our residents. The last year has highlighted how important accessible health care is along with staying connected to those we love. This demonstration project will allow us to use technology and human touch to improve lives at home,” said Sharon Wilson Geno, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Volunteers of America National Services.
Myung Lee, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America-Greater New York said, “These important health and quality of life enhancements are key to keeping older adults safe and engaged and we are grateful for this collaboration that brings services on-site to those who might otherwise not be able to access them easily or at all.”