SeniorBridge Convenes Symposium of Leading Eldercare and Aging Experts to Develop Best Practices in Complex Chronic Care Management
(NEW YORK, NY) November 17, 2006
— On October 24, SeniorBridge assembled its Professional Advisory Board, comprised of leading experts in the field of aging and chronic healthcare, to develop a set of best practice standards for managing complex eldercare in a home environment.
During the meeting, experts explored best practices in each of the distinct areas – clinical, financial, social and legal – it takes to care for the elderly at home. The discussion then turned to how professionals – doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers and lawyers – can best work together to provide optimal care for their patient. Some time was also given to how to involve a patient’s family in the process, especially if they are not within regular visiting distance.
“Home-based elders require representation on a number of fronts – from their chronic health needs to their psychological needs to their legal needs,” said Larry Sosnow, Founder and CEO of SeniorBridge. “The challenge comes in coordinating their care between different stakeholders for the best possible outcome to the patient and their families.”
The panel also discussed issues at an industry level, including:
- The shortage of paraprofessionals and ways to increase interest in the profession
- The pros and cons of eldercare at home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- Standards for paraprofessional training: both on-the-job training and certification standards
- Private and public long-term care funding
About the SeniorBridge Professional Advisory Board
The Professional Advisory Board guides SeniorBridge in realizing its vision to be the most effective and trusted leader in eldercare, and is comprised of renowned experts in the field of aging. The Board includes Robert N. Butler, M.D., President and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA; Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean, New York University College of Nursing; Jason Karlawish, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of Pennsylvania; Peter Rabins, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Burton Reifler, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Integrative Studies at Case Western Reserve University.
Founded in 2000, SeniorBridge is a national provider of complex chronic eldercare services. Our unique, integrated system of care addresses the entire wellbeing of our clients and their families through a comprehensive program of care advice, coordination and advocacy, led by a care manager. Our services are beneficial to those with Alzheimer’s disease, chronic or multiple conditions. SeniorBridge has offices throughout the country.
For more information on SeniorBridge or its Professional Advisory Board, please visit our web site at www.seniorbridge.com